At the 10th annual Microsoft CEO Summit here this week, company executives will describe efforts to create unified enterprise information management solutions that integrate new capabilities into the software programs people already know and use. Microsoft’s investments in new enterprise search solutions will help people create, find, use and share information. For example, new capabilities in Windows Live Search will provide a single point of entry and user interface to unify multiple search solutions. In addition, enhancements to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will enable people to quickly connect with other people or subject matter experts and will add options that make search capabilities available to customers that might not be able to implement a full collaboration or portal solution.
Yes, it’s called Windows Live Search, but it’s not Microsoft’s Google competitor that we know and love – it’s for enterprises:
To that end, the company will deliver a solution called Windows Live Search, which offers a single user interface (UI) to help people find and use all the information they care about from across the entire enterprise and beyond. It essentially binds together previously separate search solutions including Windows Desktop Search, Intranet search provided by Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Internet search via Windows Live Search, among others. Any information available to any of these systems can be exposed in one place, instantly showing relevant and actionable search results from all its enterprise data sources, from the desktop and from the Web.
As for the SharePoint enhancement:
As a response to customer feedback from the 2007 Microsoft Office system beta, Microsoft will also introduce a new server offering called Microsoft Office SharePoint Server for Search 2007. A subset of the complete Office SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server for Search will provide mid-market and departmental enterprise customers with core search capabilities. Depending on a customer’s needs, it can either crawl content in common data repositories – such as file shares, Web sites and servers – or be extended to search other repositories using third-party or custom-built connectors.
Some search enhancements to current Microsoft products are also listed in the release.