Intellext has introduced a desktop sidebar, Watson 2.0, and Microsoft will offer it as an add-in with MSN toolbar.

Intellext has introduced its personal research assistant, Watson 2.0, as an add-in for MSN.

This helps users search for information on the desktop and on the Internet while working in applications like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.

Watson delivers its search results in a sidebar without users having to do a search on their own.

Microsoft is offering Watson as an add-in for the Windows Desktop Search features provided with the MSN Toolbar.

Wasserberger, CEO of Intellext, said in the company’s press release, “Using Watson and MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search together creates a more personalized and automated single source of information for millions of MSN customers”.

Wasserberger and Mr. Budzik consider Watson to be better than other desktop searches because Watson searches only go to the online sources the user has already configured, putting the user in control of what to search and when to search.

Wasserberger said, “We don’t track anything the user is working on. We don’t see the searches that Watson is dispatching for them. It’s a big differentiator when they’re using Google where their privacy is not protected”.

Watson is available as a free download for 30 days. After that users are expected to pay a subscription fee of $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year, or a permanent license for $239.95.

For downloading a free trial version click here.






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