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Last modified: November 23, 1998
Infoseek's Ultraseek Server Supports XML

Infoseek Launches Ultraseek Server 3.0. First Search and Index Solution To Support Automated Topic Generation

Ultraseek Server Now Supports Automated Creation of Browsable Topics, Indexes XML Documents, Offers SSL Encryption Support

SUNNYVALE, California. November 18, 1998.

Infoseek Corporation today announced the immediate availability of Ultraseek Server 3.0, the new version of the award-winning intranet and Web site search and navigation application now deployed at over 500 corporate, education and government sites worldwide. This announcement is made in conjunction with the launch of Ultraseek Server CCE, the Ultraseek Server 3.0 add-on that organizes the content of large corporate intranets and Web sites into categorized topics for easy browsing and searching, also announced today.

Ultraseek Server 3.0 offers key enhancements in several areas, including the ability to index documents created in the Extensible Markup Language (XML), support for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, the ability to easily manage indices and URLs on mirror sites, support for Date Range searches, and new language support.

"With Ultraseek Server 3.0 and the new CCE add-on, users can more easily find what they need -- even if they are not sure what they are looking for -- by using the familiar click-and-browse mode of searching," said Andrew Feit, general manager of Infoseek Software. "Web administrators can take advantage of the extreme scalability, automation and power Ultraseek Server offers, and with our spider technology, manage millions of changing documents at their sites, and have them appear to users in organized categories."

Key Features and Benefits for Large Intranets and Web Sites

Many new features have been added to Ultraseek Server to make it one of the most powerful, easiest to implement and manage search and index solution available today. A summary of the new administration features includes:

  • XML Support -- Documents written in the Extensible Markup Language (XML) can now be indexed.
  • SSL Support -- The Ultraseek spider now supports the Secure Sockets Layer and can find documents served via the HTTPS. SSL is the standard for managing security over TCP/IP networks from Netscape.
  • Cooperative Spidering -- Ultraseek Server can now manage multiple spidering instances on mirror sites for more complete network coverage.
  • Merge Collection -- The ability to merge indices from different collections is especially powerful if administrators have several collections, especially from using the Cooperative Spidering feature.
  • New Language Support -- Lexical support has been added for Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian, in addition to English. Ultraseek Server now supports ten languages.

Key new features for end users include Date Range searches, where users can now specify a range of document dates in their searches to confine their search and get the most accurate results. Because Ultraseek Server includes its own Web server and page building scripts, content providers can tailor the product to fit their own needs. For most sites, Webmasters want control of the look and feel of the search mechanism, and the ability to add value through unique features. Ultraseek Server is completely customizable to meet the needs of administrators for adding search capabilities to their Web sites.

For a complete description of all the new features of Ultraseek Server 3.0, visit the Infoseek Software Web site to view the Ultraseek Server 3.0 Fact Sheet.

Ultraseek Keeps Pace with a Rapidly Growing Market

Over 500 well-known large corporations, government agencies, leading universities, and many others have found Ultraseek Server to be the application of choice for helping manage millions of Web-based documents. According to International Data Corporation, 73% of organizations in the United States have had an intranet in place for over one year, and an average of over 42% of employees access intranets.

Pricing and Availability

Ultraseek Server 3.0 is available immediately for downloading. Infoseek has established a flexible licensing price structure, starting at $995 for 1,000-document sites, $4,995 for 10,000-document sites and subsequent price breaks for handling up to millions of documents on a network cost-effectively. There is a surcharge for foreign language versions, depending on what languages are desired. A trial version is also available now for free from the Infoseek Software Web site at

About Infoseek

Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Infoseek Corporation is a global media company and a leading Internet navigation service with the goal of delivering on the promise of the Internet -- to make people's lives easier. In addition to the Infoseek Internet service, Infoseek licenses its Ultraseek Server search and navigation software to companies for their own intranet, extranet and Internet sites.

Infoseek recently signed a definitive agreement with The Walt Disney Company related to the acquisition by Infoseek of Starwave Corporation, which is majority owned by Disney and pursuant to which Disney would acquire additional shares of Infoseek common stock which would result in Disney having an approximately 43% stake in Infoseek. Disney would also purchase warrants from Infoseek enabling it to achieve a majority stake in Infoseek over time. In connection with this strategic transaction, Infoseek plans to launch a Web portal that combines the best of Infoseek, Starwave, ESPN, ABC and Disney. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including shareholder approval.

Infoseek has commerce and/or content arrangements with entities that include AT&T, Auto-By-Tel, Borders Group, Inc., CMP Media, Inc., Datek Online, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, PeopleLink Inc., UPS, and Reuters.

NOTE: Infoseek, Ultraseek, and the Infoseek logo are trademarks of Infoseek Corporation, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the planned new Internet portal service to be named Go Network and the timing of its development and launch that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in such statements as a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to the progress and timing of development and launch of the planned new Internet portal service, the costs and timing to promote such service, consumer acceptance and use of the new service, and the increasingly competitive nature of the Internet market. In addition, launch of the planned new portal service is conditioned upon and subject to the consummation of the Infoseek acquisition of Starwave and related transactions with Disney, that are subject to customary closing conditions, including shareholder approval.

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