X1 Technologies will release an upgrade of its desktop search tool for enterprises that uses Yahoo technology, X1 plans to announce on Monday.The bundling of Yahoo\u2019s search toolbar and inclusion of Yahoo Web search technology with the new version of X1 Enterprise Client could be the beginning of a more extensive integration of Yahoo functionality with X1\u2019s products."The initial version of this [Web search] is pretty simple, but we\u2019ll continue to integrate Yahoo\u2019s stuff more deeply into the product over the course of the year," said Josh Jacobs, X1\u2019s president. "You\u2019ll see the addition of Yahoo features specifically designed to be used in a corporate environment."At this stage, X1 Enterprise Client will, for the first time, feature a Web search button that delivers results from Yahoo\u2019s search engine by launching an external webpage. X1 will share revenue with Yahoo from traffic it sends to the search engine. The toolbar comes up as an option during the X1 tool\u2019s installation.Although no decisions have been made, X1 and Yahoo might collaborate on instant messaging (IM), he said. "IM is critical in the workplace, and searching IM logs is an incredibly powerful feature at work, but probably not that necessary for consumers," Jacobs said. He also sees potential for some Yahoo search technology to find its way into X1\u2019s tool.X1 could be a conduit to the enterprise software market that Yahoo abandoned in 2003 when it dissolved its Yahoo Enterprise Solutions unit. Yahoo further distanced itself from the enterprise when it discontinued its Yahoo Business Messenger IM product in 2004.With X1, Yahoo can sample the enterprise market without needing a full-fledged division. "What we\u2019re doing in this partnership is providing Yahoo with a way to get technology that\u2019s specifically designed for those people at work," he said.Two Yahoo representatives declined to comment on this X1 partnership, saying they were unfamiliar with it. X1 and Yahoo have been partners for several years. Yahoo\u2019s consumer-oriented desktop search application is based on X1 technology.Yahoo\u2019s newfound interest in the enterprise comes as Google beefs up its enterprise search products and Microsoft boosts its enterprise software business, particularly in search. AOL is also tweaking its consumer IM product for workers and IT managers.X1 also plans to announce Monday that from now on it will give away X1 Enterprise Client, which previously started at US$74.95. The tool has also been upgraded with new features such as the ability to search Outlook calendars and task lists, to drag-and-drop search results and to index documents in real-time. X1 Enterprise Client, which can search about 370 different file types, can be downloaded for free.X1 is also unveiling two modules that extend its X1 Enterprise Server\u2019s ability to search Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint files. The Exchange module is available now, and the SharePoint module will be ready in August.X1 is also launching a website with resources for IT managers interested in desktop search and X1\u2019s products. The site, called Enterprise Desktop Search Resource Center, is at www.x1.com\/resource_center.X1 is also providing an evaluation kit for its products that includes the X1 Enterprise Client, the X1 Deployment Manager and a 30-day trial of the X1 Enterprise Server. The kit can be downloaded here.\u2014 Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service (Miami Bureau)Related Link:\n\nYahoo, eBay Team Up to Boost Search, AdsCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.