The Watson 2.0 contextual search software released by Intellext earlier this month is now available as an add-in package for Microsoft’s MSN Search Toolbar application, Intellext announced Friday.
Watson 2.0, which Intellext calls a “personal research assistant,” provides computer users with Web links related to text displayed on Microsoft’s Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer applications, as well as the Firefox browser for the stand-alone Watson 2.0 package. For example, if a computer user surfed to the CNN.com Friday story, “Evacuee bus explodes as Rita closes in,” Watson would point the user to 36 related general Web links, one news link, two Web log links, and three research links.
With Watson incorporated into the Windows Desktop Search functionality of the MSN Search Toolbar, users get a “non-intrusive sidebar” that automatically returns related Web data, Intellext said. The Watson add-in download is available for a free 30-day trial; after that, it costs $10 a month or $99 a year.