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Autonomy offers Web surfing while working

Autonomy's new knowledge management technology will simplify and automate an employee's Web research, allowing users to conduct research on the Web while working on other applications.

Autonomy today announced a new knowledge management technology that will simplify and automate an employee's Web research, allowing users to conduct research on the Web while working on other applications, the company said.

The company's new ActiveKnowledge technology is integrated into Autonomy's Knowledge Management Server 2.0, which will be released later this spring. Once the new server is installed, users can "turn on" the ActiveKnowledge feature.

The San Francisco-based company, which also has offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Europe, was founded 3 years ago and develops software that automatically organizes and categorizes large volumes of information mainly for use in knowledge management.

Autonomy said its new ActiveKnowledge technology would allow an employee to simultaneously work on documents, or read and write emails while automatically receiving real-time links that are relevant to what they're working on.

"The key to Autonomy is that it has a very clear vision of knowledge support...and the act of simple day to day computer interaction shouldn't require a whole set of routines or additional work," said Hadley Reynolds, an analyst at the Delphi Group in Boston. Autonomy customers include News Corporation, Yahoo, and The Associated Press.

ActiveKnowledge automatically analyzes the ideas or topics involved and sends users recommended links, which may include related news or information from the Web or articles from news feeds, the company said in a statement.

"In theory, employees have a wide range of information at their fingertips, from internal documents to breaking news on the Web, but they must stop what they are doing and devote time and energy to find those useful nuggets," Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch said in a statement. He also said that ActiveKnowledge does the work for the employees so that they can make decisions faster.

The Knowledge Management Suite 2.0 is expected to start at $25,000, with a per seat price of between $50 to $250. It runs on Windows NT and most versions of Unix.