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Publishers to Realize Enhanced Search Functionality Through SAXOTECH and FAST OEM Partnership
FAST InStream to be integrated into SAXOTECH’s Web publishing platform

TAMPA, Fla. and OSLO, Norway – January 24, 2006 – SAXOTECH™, a leading software development and systems implementation company exclusively serving the publishing industry, and Fast Search & Transfer™ (FAST™), a leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, today announced an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partnership that will bring enhanced search features to SAXOTECH’s web publishing application platform for online media sites, as well as other SAXOTECH products.

SAXOTECH will integrate FAST InStream™, an enterprise-class search solution, with SAXOTECH Online™, its web publishing platform developed exclusively to enable the rapid flow of content from news sources to dynamic, multimedia Web sites. The integration will enable innovative site search and navigation schemes providing enterprise-scale product offerings, further enhancing the value of SAXOTECH’s leadership position in technology solutions for media companies.

As online content continues to grow at exponential rates, the ability to find a specific piece of information is becoming increasingly important. Today’s savvy online news readers expect to instantly locate relevant information, and the growth of media sites that are constantly updated, calls for intelligent, robust search solutions to ensure positive reader experiences. By integrating FAST InStream with SAXOTECH Online, SAXOTECH’s customers can realize real-time indexing of content from multiple sources, a valuable service to new media sites that typically produce hundreds of new articles and online classified advertisements per day.

“Our media customers today are finding tremendous value in enabling their readers to search for content or topics of interest quickly and with great ease and accuracy,” said Peter Ibsen, executive vice president of product management and development, SAXOTECH. “In order for them to better leverage that content and provide an excellent user experience that results in return traffic, SAXOTECH is investing in advanced search functionality to meet the very high demands that are expected for years to come.”

"All companies, including SAXOTECH’s growing customer base of over 400 news organizations, are asking for more and better search capabilities. SAXOTECH’s OEM partnership with FAST will enable it to meet this market demand, and is further validation of SAXOTECH’s commitment to the publishing industry,” said Ali I. Riaz, president of FAST. “FAST InStream will help SAXOTECH customers dramatically improve user satisfaction, open new revenue opportunities and increase profits."

General availability of the initial FAST-integrated, search technologies will be with the mid-2006 release of SAXOTECH Online.

About SAXOTECH
SAXOTECH is a software development and systems implementation company founded in 1993 to exclusively serve the publishing industry. Our scalable, easy-to-implement solutions are used to plan, create, edit and publish news for multiple channels and are backed by world-class customer support. Today SAXOTECH’s software products are used by more than 400 news organizations around the world. For more information on SAXOTECH, please visit our Web site at www.saxotechonline.com.

About FAST
FAST creates the real-time search and filtering 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 1,500 global customers and partners, including America Online (AOL), AT&T, Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant, CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, FirstGov.gov (GSA), 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.

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