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Windows desktop search gets down to business

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by ovi, Nov 15, 2005.

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    To keep pace with rivals, Microsoft plans to announce a business version of its Windows Desktop Search application on Tuesday at the IT Forum in Barcelona.

    Similar to the present version designed for consumers, Microsoft's new tool will allow businesses to decide just what gets indexed and searched on their corporate networks, as well as make it easier for IT managers to deploy the tool.

    When it released the Windows Desktop Search program, Microsoft promised to release an enterprise version. Rival Google launched an enterprise version of its Google Desktop program earlier this month.

    "These new enterprise-class enhancements to the desktop search capabilities we introduced last spring will empower IT professionals to deliver higher productivity, lower IT management costs and greater ease of use throughout their organizations," MSN Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement.

    Microsoft released a beta version of its desktop search tool last December. The final version was released in May. Microsoft said the product will be available in 15 languages.

    Desktop search has emerged as a key battleground for all of the Internet search players, including Microsoft, Google and Yahoo.

    While largely comparable to the current version, Microsoft's business-oriented desktop search program will enable users to also search their corporate Intranet. Windows Desktop Search, though, will not index or crawl through corporate data. Instead, it will provide a gateway to a company's existing portal tools, whether that's Microsoft's SharePoint Server or a third-party product.

    Full article: news.com.com/Windows+desktop+search+gets+down+to+business/2100-1032_3-5951991.html

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