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Appeared on: Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Microsoft Introduces Search Server 2008 Express

Today at Enterprise Search Summit West in San Jose, Calif., Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, a new addition to its enterprise search lineup.

Search Server 2008 Express, which will be available as a free download, combines simplicity of installation and ease of use with a powerful set of search features, including new security-enhanced capabilities that help businesses connect to a wide range of information. A release candidate of Search Server 2008 Express is available today at http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch for download and evaluation.

In delivering Search Server Express, Microsoft has taken the enterprise class search capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and made them available as a stand-alone server for free. Search Server Express is designed to be easy to configure and administer, allowing IT professionals to go from download to search in as little as 30 minutes. In addition, Search Server Express has no preset document limits, so it will scale to meet a company?s evolving needs. For users, Search Server Express provides advanced security and easy access to relevant, action-oriented results using a familiar Web search experience.

Today Microsoft announced two search product portfolio enhancements.

First, free connectors that index content from EMC?s Documentum and IBM?s FileNet are scheduled to be available across the portfolio of Microsoft search products in early 2008.

Microsoft has also added new federated search capabilities based on the OpenSearch standard. Many applications and services already support OpenSearch, and Microsoft is working with a number of partners, as well as with its own product groups, to create new connections based on the standard. Several companies ? including Open Text Corp., Business Objects SA, Cognos Inc. and EMC ? have already signed on to develop federated search connectors that will enable Microsoft?s enterprise search customers to easily connect to their information systems.

More information about Microsoft enterprise search is available at http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch.


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