The company, which was started in May 1999, has developed modules with Microsoft, Oracle Corp., IBM and Yahoo! Factiva has also partnered with EuroSpider, Comintell, Peoplesoft, MediaMap, Biz360, ChoicePoint, BTRadianz, AtHoc, and Reuters. Factiva has also been included as of March 2003 in Microsoft's Office 2003 program as one of the News research options within the Research Pane.
In 2005, Factiva acquired two private companies: London-based 2B Reputation Intelligence Ltd. and Denver, Colorado-based taxonomy services and software firm, Synapse, the Knowledge Link Corporation. 2B was a technology and consulting business, specializing in media monitoring and reputation management. Synapse provided taxonomy management software, pre-built taxonomies and taxonomy-building and indexing services.
This acquisition brought with it Synaptica, the taxonomy management software tool developed by Synapse, and Taxonomy Warehouse, a website developed by Synapse and billed by Factiva's marketing department as the "world's best" resource for the licensing and use of numerous taxonomies. Both Synaptica and Taxonomy Warehouse were developed by Factiva after the acquisition and are now owned by Dow Jones.
In 2006, Reuters sold its 50 percent share of Factiva to Dow Jones. Factiva was integrated into the Enterprise Media Group within Dow Jones.
In 2007, Factiva was included as a Dow Jones company sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Factiva's search-based products provide searching by free-text as well as region, subject, industry and company metadata. Searches can be further filtered by publication, language and date range.
Factiva offers a number of enterprise integration options, including a fully comprehensive web services API, the Factiva Developers Kit. This toolkit allows organisations to embed Factiva content and services within enterprise workflow applications.