New Versions of Westlaw and Lexis Mentioned in the New York Times

There has been much buzz over the last year around ‘new’ versions of Westlaw and Lexis. How big are these changes? Pretty big, considering the New York Times published an article on the subject yesterday.

Some interesting tidbits from the article:

  • Westlaw will introduce its changes on Feb. 1; LexisNexis has yet to specify a date.
  • Mike Dahn, vice president for product development at WestlawNext, said it took the company five years to build the new system.
  • WestlawNext service has a revamped search system that allows lawyers to type in general requests, as they might on Google, rather than their typical narrow searches.
  • In a few weeks, LexisNexis will announce a revamped interface as well and show off a suite of collaboration tools that let lawyers share and work on documents together, said Michael Walsh, the head of United States legal markets for LexisNexis.
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