Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More insight into what's coming in the next release of SharePoint -- enhanced Enterprise Search!

A couple weeks ago, I posted about PerformancePoint being folded into the SharePoint juggernaut in the next release. In this Information Week article by J. Nicholas Hoover
http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/search/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=213402535, Hoover discusses another new feature being rolled into the next SharePoint release (part of Microsoft Office 14, apparently planned for 2010).

In this case, it is improved Enterprise Search, built upon the acquired Fast Search and Transfer.

Why is this exciting? Two reasons, function, and cost.

As for function, says Hoover, "Fast's advanced features [include] the ability to extract concepts from data and to assess relationships among data sets."

And as for cost, the article quotes Microsoft as claiming 'SharePoint customers will save "well over 50%" when using Fast Search for SharePoint in lieu of competing products."

What is on your wish list for the next release of SharePoint and Office? Post your feedback at http://becraftsblog.blogspot.com

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