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Search service seeking broader presence

Search service Teoma on Tuesday launched a companion search bar for Microsoft's Internet Explorer in a play for a wider share of the search market dominated by Google. Emeryville, Calif.-based Teoma relaunched in April after Ask Jeeves, a natural-language search site, acquired the company last fall. Since the relaunch, Ask Jeeves has adopted a minimalist motif similar to that used by Teoma and competitors Google and Yahoo to help consumers access information faster and to appeal to a more savvy audience. If widely adopted, the new search bar will give Ask Jeeves' Teoma a broader presence. Google has long offered a similar tool bar but with a larger number of features. Web surfers can download the Teoma tool bar free as a companion to Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher, which would then display Teoma's search bar from any Web page. People can search for terms, look up words in a dictionary and e-mail Web pages to friends. Teoma's search bar works only for people using Windows 98, NT, 2000, Me or XP.

Stefanie Olsen Staff writer, CNET News
Stefanie Olsen covers technology and science.
Stefanie Olsen
Search service on Tuesday launched a companion search bar for Microsoft's Internet Explorer in a play for a wider share of the search market dominated by Google. Emeryville, Calif.-based Teoma relaunched in April after Ask Jeeves, a natural-language search site, acquired the company last fall. Since the relaunch, Ask Jeeves has adopted a minimalist motif similar to that used by Teoma and competitors Google and Yahoo to help consumers access information faster and to appeal to a more savvy audience.

If widely adopted, the new search bar will give Ask Jeeves' Teoma a broader presence. Google has long offered a similar tool bar but with a larger number of features. Web surfers can download the Teoma tool bar free as a companion to Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher, which would then display Teoma's search bar from any Web page. People can search for terms, look up words in a dictionary and e-mail Web pages to friends. Teoma's search bar works only for people using Windows 98, NT, 2000, Me or XP.