This year's Legal Tech is proving to be the hotspot of excitement in the
world of legal information. LexisNexis announced a partnership with Microsoft
to put legal research right at your fingertips, in the applications many of us
use most. ABA
Journal.com noted that “the competition for your legal research dollars just
got a little more intense…Lexis will now be integrated into Microsoft Office
products, allowing users to do legal and general research directly while working
in Microsoft Word, Outlook and SharePoint. Users, who must have a Lexis
subscription, need only click on a Lexis tab in the ribbon of utilities
available in Microsoft Office 2007 and the forthcoming 2010 version to start
researching, Shepardizing cases or even gathering information from Bing or
Google search engines. There is no need to navigate separately to the Web and
log on to Lexis or a search engine.” Click here if you would like to read the
full article. ABA
Here are the full details provided by LexisNexis about Lexis for Microsoft
LexisNexis® announces Lexis® for Microsoft Office – a new set of research
capabilities that will enable legal professionals to access content and services
from LexisNexis and other sources while operating directly within Microsoft
Office applications. Legal professionals can now find, analyze and act upon
legal content while working within Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Word and
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.
Input from hundreds of customers and other legal professionals shaped the
development of Lexis for Microsoft Office, which was specifically designed to
address their need to work more efficiently and productively, and ultimately
serve clients better. Customers can now access vital information from the
LexisNexis® services, the open Web as well as designated law firm or corporate
files in one place and with the click of a button – eliminating time and energy
intense searches across disparate sources and applications.
“Lexis for Microsoft Office is a significant leap forward in the
transformation of legal technology - both in what it delivers and how it is
being created,” said Michael F. Walsh, CEO of LexisNexis U.S. Legal Markets.
“Working closely with our customers, we’ve created a whole new way to access and
use the trusted information they need directly from their day-to-day desktop
applications. This frees them to focus on legal reasoning and strategy,
responding faster to client issues and questions, and confidently managing legal
How it Works
While reviewing a Word document or an Outlook e-mail message, Lexis for
Microsoft Office users can seamlessly access content and resources from
LexisNexis, the open Web, or their law firm or corporate files. Key features
• “Search” – A single search box that delivers one-click
access to the vast collection of legal content from LexisNexis, the open Web and
the user’s internal company information database. Results from all sources are
displayed in a window next to the active document.
• “Background” – This function provides background
information on “entities” such as people, companies, organizations and cases
mentioned in the text of a Word document or Outlook message. It automatically
indexes the working document with hyperlinks to relevant information from
internal, LexisNexis and Web resources. Upon clicking the hyperlink, the
information is displayed in a side pane within the Microsoft Office
applications. The Background feature will also display full Shepard’s® reports
and apply Shepard’s® SignalTM indicators directly to the cases cited within the
text of the document. Full text versions of case law, news and information cited
within an e-mail message or Word document can also be accessed through the
lexis.com® resources directly within the Microsoft software application.
• “Suggest” – Similar to the Background function, this
functionality interacts with any text in a Word document or Outlook message. By
manually highlighting text, the user can prompt a search that will pull up
relevant information from internal, LexisNexis and Web resources. The content is
displayed in a side pane within the application. While using SharePoint Server
and Microsoft SharePoint Workspace, subscribers also have the ability to store,
organize and share documents on a related topic from a SharePoint site.
SharePoint can also act as an internal company database from which Lexis® for
Microsoft Office pulls information.
“With the increasing importance for law firms to bring meaning to content
more quickly and cost effectively, Lexis for Microsoft Office provides a
powerful new tool for legal professionals to access their information through a
familiar, easy-to-use and integrated environment,” said Brian Zeve, U.S.
professional services industry managing director, Microsoft Corp.
Lexis for Microsoft Office will launch for Microsoft Office 2007 in spring
2010 and will be available with Microsoft Office 2010. To access and use these
capabilities, users will require a current LexisNexis subscription.
LexisNexis® (www.lexisnexis.com) is a
leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed
specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate,
government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis
originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A
member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK] (www.reedelsevier.com), LexisNexis serves
customers in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees worldwide.
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