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Enterprise Search, Take 4

Microsoft is taking a fresh stab at enterprise search with Windows Search 4.0, designed largely for Windows shops.

This is a pretty big area, and one that is very easy to test. Any clown can tell you which search works best -- that's why Google rules in Web and desktop searches. It only takes one or two queries before the depth of its indexing proves superior.

The new Microsoft software is in beta, and now works with OneNote (should be called OneCustomer) and Outlook.

The biggest flaw is its Windows-centricity. Some may run almost all-Microsoft operating systems, but the data is stored in apps from all over. This means you need more than one enterprise search tool if you really want to find things.

Am I right, or all wet on this issue? Let me know by writing me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 31, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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