Google has pioneered the evolution of better ways to search for information. Not just for the Internet but also for corporate networks. These tools are NOT new, there are several search solutions (for the desktop and networks), but the market is being given more prominence and consolidation (many of the desktop search vendors have been bought by Yahoo, Microsoft and Google in fact).
The need for better search tools is ONLY GOING TO GROW as companies generate more and more information. The key will be WHOSE search tool will businesses use? Microsoft? Google? Some other vendor?
How do you decide which tool is for you?
Try out the free desktop search tools on your own, this will give you an overview and feel for the enterprise search tools. Consult your local solution provider. But BE CAREFUL. Your solution provider, if selling Microsoft products could be biased (technically biased, not necessarily financially biased) to a Microsoft solution.
Microsoft has offered search for your computers files from Windows for quite some time, but it’s not as fast or robust as it should have been. FOLLOWING in Google’s lead Microsoft has released Windows Live Search which is a robust search tool for searching corporate networks, desktops and the Internet. This compliments Windows Desktop Search, focused on finding email, contacts and etc on the PC and so much more.
Windows Live Search helps you find information scattered across the Web, on different computers, devices, intranets, servers and databases.
Microsoft’s press release reads As part of the broader enterprise information management strategy, Microsoft is developing an enterprise search solution that provides a simple, secure, single point-of-entry for searches across corporate networks, desktops and the Internet. “For context, we’ve been hearing from customers that are frustrated by the inefficiency of having to use different search tools to get information from different content sources,” Johnson explains. “What they want is one central location to search and view results.”
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.
Rich filtering and customizable control will allow people to personalize their Windows Live Search experience. For example, through a single UI, information workers will actually be able to choose when and where to search based on multiple toolbars and query refinement options. Using natural search terms, Windows Live Search can return results in whatever way makes most sense to each information worker √? inline, grouped by category, etc. Powerful previews and visualizations of the data can then help people more quickly determine what action to take.
To illustrate, a sales representative trying to find information about a customer she plans to visit could gather the needed data by accessing Office SharePoint Server 2007, initiating a search and pulling business data from a Siebel application in addition to gathering data off her desktop using Windows Desktop Search. However, the same search could be performed from within Windows Live Search to produce all of the relevant desktop, e-mail, intranet and Internet results. Furthermore, when the sales representative clicks through the results, she will see they are actually displayed from that same window. Windows Live Search displays full results without navigating away or opening additional applications.
Microsoft’s road map for search, so far is:
Web search improvements through Windows Live Search (currently in beta)
Search improvements with Windows Vista (also in beta) in addition to a host of other powerful search capabilities, including using indexing technology and search algorithms to provide rapid and scalable desktop search, virtual folders, preview and navigation panes, and live icons
Application-centric information search in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and OneNote 2007 that√?s based on the Windows Desktop Search core engine (beta)
Improved full text search services in the upcoming release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will make search faster for Outlook Web Access and Outlook users in online mode, and will also enable a new class of regulatory compliance scenarios focused around e-mail (beta)
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