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May 17, 2006

Microsoft reveals enterprise search solutions

Posted by David Hunter at 8:28 PM ET.

Press release:

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.

But apparently there was a name shortage so they had to reuse “Windows Live Search.”

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.

Filed under Microsoft, Office, SharePoint Server for Search, Windows Live, Windows Live Search Center

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2 Responses to “Microsoft reveals enterprise search solutions”

  1. Dell to supply Google with servers for search appliances -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Dell spokesman Jess Blackburn said the products are based on the company’s server platform but will feature Google-branded logos. The systems will be sold to Google’s corporate clients as the Google Search Appliance. … Financial terms and other details were not provided by Dell or Google. Microsoft’s enteprise search plan is more complex and eschews appliances. Filed under Coopetition, Google, Dell, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Windows Live name changes -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch – Microsoft’s Worst-Named Product Ever Gets a New Lease on Life: When Microsoft announced in May that it was naming a new search application “Windows Live Search,” a number of bloggers (including yours truly) noted the stupidity of that choice. This is the desktop search offering. Microsoft already had a product with the same name – their leadership Web search replacement for MSN Search. Microsoft subsequently changed the name, but seemingly forgot to tell anyone until CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned a new “Windows Live Search Center” during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote this week. [...]

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