Internet service provider EarthLink on Monday unveiled an updated e-mail program infused with faster search capabilities, in partnership with X1 Technologies, a Pasadena, Calif.-based desktop search company. Atlanta-based EarthLink, which has been testing X1's technology for several months, will allow its more than 5 million subscribers to download a free upgrade that makes searching e-mail and attachments near-instantaneous, the company said. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
With the new service, EarthLink joins a movement among major ISPs and portals toward offering improved e-mail and desktop search capabilities. Yahoo, for example, is expected to introduce such software in the coming weeks, also in partnership with X1.