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Fast Search & Transfer

October 24, 2005 09:00 ET

FAST Unveils a New Standard for Desktop Enterprise Search

OSLO, Norway--(CCNMatthews - Oct 24, 2005) -

FAST Personal Search Platform Drives Desktop Revolution; Brings World-Class Search Technology to Every Worker, Unifying Desktop, Web, Enterprise and Back-End Systems

Fast Search & Transfer™ (FAST™), the leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, today announced availability of the FAST Personal Search Platform™ (FAST PSP™). FAST PSP extends FAST's world-class enterprise search technology to a flexible platform that enables enterprises to make every desktop computer a search hub powered by the widest set of search capabilities available to date. Partners can use FAST PSP to deliver innovative and differentiated service solutions that extend their strategic offerings to the end-user desktop, and organizations across the globe can leverage FAST PSP to increase productivity and performance for their knowledge workers.

"FAST PSP will bring personalization, localization, deeper search analysis and greater access to information to every desktop - leading to increased productivity and efficiencies for users and the entire enterprise," explained Bjorn Olstad, chief technology officer of FAST. "By integrating our industry-leading search technologies into a flexible, extensible software platform, we empower FAST partners to develop and design powerful desktop search solutions for their enterprise customers. The result is the most powerful, most personal and most effective search platform on the market."

Unlike one-dimensional consumer solutions with no back-end connectivity, FAST PSP unifies the desktop, the enterprise and the Web and is able to fuse with enterprise-specific resources such as CRM, SFA and ERP to provide the single integrated domain that knowledge workers require. Additionally, FAST PSP meets enterprise requirements that information will remain secure, confidential and inside the organization. Further, as a B2B offering, FAST PSP enables System Integrators and Independent Software Vendors to develop and deliver services beyond those traditionally associated with Web based solutions, extending the strategic importance of their offerings and opening new revenue opportunities.

Highlights of FAST PSP include:

-- A True Platform - The FAST Personal Search Platform extends its highly successful FAST ESP™ platform approach to personal information discovery. FAST PSP enables partners to rapidly create and deploy unified search from the desktop; bringing together desktop, enterprise, Web, back-end resources and specialized information search solutions. FAST PSP is architected as an open, configurable and secure desktop solution framework. As such, it is easy, through well-documented APIs, to embed proprietary features or applications into a customized 'white-label' Partner solution. As a platform, FAST PSP also provides complete flexibility to implement specific User Interface 'look and feel' elements for a Partner solution.

-- Enterprise-Class Search - Evolved from FAST ESP™ technologies, FAST PSP delivers industry-leading search capabilities that reach deep into all information sources, and all information types, including text, data, email, audio, image and video. FAST PSP utilizes entity extraction, sophisticated query operators and advanced navigation to provide information in meaningful and immediately useable ways.

-- Empowering Knowledge Workers - FAST PSP eliminates wasteful and time consuming 'browser wandering' that forces users through multiple steps before they can work with documents. As information is discovered from the user's personalized and unified enterprise desktop search platform, FAST PSP allows users to immediately and seamlessly work with what they've found, regardless of application, from within PSP - speeding work, increasing productivity and dramatically improving the search experience.

-- IT Friendly - FAST PSP is flexible, scalable, and leverages Microsoft Windows architectural standards including security, API, user interface, and deployment. . It can be configured easily, personalized for the enterprise, work group or user, and deployed within minutes.

FAST is driving the desktop revolution. FAST PSP is the first platform solution truly designed to manage the convergence of enterprise search, Web search and desktop search tools. Integrating the essential technologies from each into a flexible, extensible software solution offers organizations the opportunity to develop powerful solutions that start at the desktop. With FAST PSP organizations can increase the productivity and performance of their knowledge workers, partners can deliver innovative and new search solutions, and both can make personalized search a competitive advantage.

FAST has transformed enterprise search from a powerful, yet narrowly perceived function, into an enterprise-wide strategic and tactical capability of pivotal importance. FAST ESP, FAST InStream, FAST PSP and FAST's portfolio of solutions and Search Derivative Applications (SDAs) supply a complete information retrieval solution ideal for a growing number of key vertical markets and applications including e-Commerce and Internet Portals, Financial Services, Government, Life Sciences, Media and Publishing, and Telecom. For FAST, the search never stops.

About FAST

FAST creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions that are behind the scenes at the world's best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable integrated technology platform elevates the search capabilities of enterprise customers and connects people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium. This drives revenues and reduces total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure. FAST's powerful enterprise search technology solutions are used by more than 2,000 global customers and partners, including America Online (AOL), AT&T, Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant, CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM, Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters, Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks, T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia), Vodafone, and Wanadoo.

FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. For further information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com.

(C) 2005 Fast Search & Transfer ASA - Fast Search & Transfer, FAST, FAST ESP, FAST Data Search, FAST Marketrac, FAST AdVisor, FAST InStream, FAST ImPulse, FAST mSearch, FAST ProPublish, FAST PSP and the FAST four-colored logo are trademarks of Fast Search & Transfer ASA. All rights reserved. FAST disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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    Brian Greehan, 781-418-2400
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    Carine Zeier, +47 23 01 13 47
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