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MSN Web Search Launches With Inktomi Technology - 10/1998

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SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct 7, 1998 -- Inktomi Corp. (NASDAQ: INKT), developer of scalable Internet infrastructure software, today announced the availability of the Inktomi-powered Microsoft(r) (NASDAQ: MSFT) MSN(tm) Web Search service. The Inktomi Search Engine has been integrated as a key element of the MSN network of sites, and provides a rich set of search functionality on one of the Web's most comprehensive indexes.

The launch of MSN Web Search coincides with the introduction of other enhancements to MSN, including a new design scheme, new services and features, and tighter integration among properties. The upgraded MSN can be found at msn.com.

"MSN is committed to helping customers harness the tremendous power of the Internet so they can be better informed and more productive," said Laura Jennings, vice president of MSN. "Inktomi's technology helps us deliver a search experience that is highly relevant to customers' daily lives so they can get more things done online."

"Inktomi and Microsoft are very focused on advancing the accuracy and power of Internet searching," said David Peterschmidt, president and chief executive officer of Inktomi. "By weaving Inktomi's technology into a rich network of content and services, MSN is building a useful service for Internet users that want to get things done online."

The Inktomi Search Engine, which has received broad acclaim for delivering comprehensive and highly accurate Internet search results, powers many of the largest Web portals and destination sites worldwide. Inktomi provides search services on a private-label basis, allowing online media and commerce companies to concentrate on their core business objectives without compromising the brand integrity of their sites. By offering a broad range of customizable features and services, Inktomi enables its customers to build differentiated services that uniquely address the needs of their audiences.