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Ask Jeeves sells enterprise software unit

Ask Jeeves annouced will sell its enterprise software division, Jeeves Solutions, to Kanisa, a provider of knowledge-empowered...

Ask Jeeves is tol sell its enterprise software division, Jeeves Solutions, to Kanisa, a provider of knowledge-empowered customer service applications.

Kanisa will pay $4.25m (£2.6m) for all assets of the division, including its JeevesOne technology and about 40 corporate customer accounts. The sale is expected to be complete by July.

JeevesOne technology, launched last year, combines search and customer relationship management technology aimed at making search results on a corporate site more relevant to customers. 

Ask Jeeves plans to concentrate on its web-search business which, it claims, is the second most visited search site in the US.

It upgraded its site last month, adding picture, news and product search tools, clarification options, spell check and a faster-loading web page, plus "smart search" options, which, it said are more intuitive, to try to gain some more market share from Google and other major search sites.

Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service

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