AltaVista Launches New Toolbar; Powered by AltaVista's Precision Search, New Toolbar Enables Users to Perform Searches and Translations Anywhere on the Web
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2003--AltaVista, a business of Overture Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:OVER) and a leading provider of search services and technology, today introduced the AltaVista Toolbar, a free, customizable search tool that offers Internet users and business partners important advantages in searching and navigating the Web through more than 20 time saving, easy-to-use features. The toolbar offers users a convenient way to access AltaVista's search functionality and partners an opportunity to deliver co-branded, state-of-the-art search functionality to their customers. The toolbar is available for immediate download at http://www.av.com/toolbar.
The new toolbar is designed to save time and enhance a user's search experience through unique features that include the ability to translate complete Web pages or individual phrases into 10 languages. Users can check weather, area codes, ZIP codes, time zones, exchange rates, and much more through the toolbar. The toolbar allows users to conveniently search Web pages as well as the world's largest collection of image, video, and audio files.
"With the toolbar, users can now take advantage of AltaVista's search and Babel Fish translation features from wherever they are on the Web," said Fred Bullock, senior vice president of Marketing for Overture's Web search business. "The toolbar is packed with time saving features, such as Shortcuts Lookup, to help users quickly find answers to specific questions like, 'What is the time in Miami?' or 'Weather in London?'"
Once downloaded, the AltaVista Toolbar is displayed at the top of the Web browser. Users can personalize the toolbar's layout and functionality by adding or removing optional features.
AltaVista Toolbar features and options include:
-- World Wide Web, News and Multimedia Search: Save time by having AltaVista search always accessible via a browser. The toolbar provides fast and convenient access to all of AltaVista's Web, news and multimedia search results, including the world's largest multimedia collection with more than 550 million image, audio and video files.
-- Shortcuts Lookup: Obtain answers to specific questions about time zones, U.S. area and ZIP codes, currency exchange rates and weather for locations worldwide.
-- Last Search: Users no longer have to click on the Back Button multiple times to see their last search results. With the Last Search button, users can conveniently jump back to their last search.
-- Translation: AltaVista's popular language translation feature, Babel Fish, translates words and Web pages into 10 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.
-- Highlight: Clicking "Highlight" will pinpoint the exact location on the page that contains a search term. This feature will simultaneously highlight up to five terms in different colors.
-- Popup Blocker: Eliminate annoying pop-up ads by turning on the "Popup Blocker" feature on the AltaVista Toolbar.
For a complete list of search options, visit http://www.av.com/toolbar/hlp/features. The toolbar, which can be downloaded at http://www.av.com/toolbar, is compatible with Internet Explorer version 5.0 and above, running on Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME and XP. AltaVista's toolbar is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.
Inquiries for corporate toolbar partnerships should be addressed to .
AltaVista, a business of Overture Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:OVER), is a leading provider of search services and technology. AltaVista continues to advance Internet search with new technologies and features designed to improve the search experience for consumers. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., AltaVista has a rich history of innovation embodied in 61 search-related patents. On July 14, 2003, Yahoo! (Nasdaq:YHOO) signed a definitive agreement for Yahoo! to acquire Overture Services, Inc. subject to certain conditions. For more information on AltaVista, see www.av.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include without limitation statements that AltaVista's users will want to use the new features of the AltaVista Toolbar. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, that the implementation of the new features and services described herein may not be successful or may not generate revenue or other economic benefit for AltaVista. For a discussion of other risks that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, see Overture's discussion of "Risks That Could Affect Our Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Overture's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the period ended June 30, 2003. Overture undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.