Innovation on Linux and UNIX

Innovation is at the heart of our enterprise search strategy, and a commitment to innovation is what brought FAST and Microsoft together.  When we announced the acquisition two years ago, we said that we were committed to cross-platform innovation—that we’d “continue to offer stand-alone versions of ESP that run on Linux and UNIX,” and that…


The Search Developer Story in SharePoint 2010 – Query Interfaces

SharePoint 2010 includes a number of features that make the platform easier to use for developers. An improved Visual Studio integration, the addition of LINQ to the SharePoint platform, sandboxing for deployment, and the new developer dashboard are just a few examples of how developing and deploying SharePoint solutions have become much easier.   As…

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FAST meets SharePoint – What’s Coming in Search for SharePoint 2010

Last week was the 2009 SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. The sold-out attendance of 7400 doubled the number from the previous SharePoint conference 1 ½ years ago. This is not too surprising given the incredible momentum of SharePoint and the fact that much of the event was dedicated to disclosure of the highly anticipated SharePoint…

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A Focus on Search User Experience

It’s happening…  slowly … but it’s happening.  Attention in search is finally shifting from a focus on low-level features and relevancy models to looking at the whole user experience for information access. I, for one, am very glad to see this trend. Of all the enterprise technologies out there, few are planted so squarely at…

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One Year with Microsoft – a FAST Perspective

After years of writing customer proposals, internal memoranda, and various stuffily formal documents, it feels like a luxury to be able to just write what I think about enterprise search.  It’s actually part of my job these days and I’m looking forward to sharing a perspective from 13 years in the industry – the past…

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Microsoft positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2008 Information Access Magic Quadrant

We’ve got great news to share! Last month, Gartner published the 2008 Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology, and Microsoft was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant. Since the completion of the acquisition, we’ve worked incredibly hard to communicate and demonstrate a combined vision and strategy to our customers and partners. It’s good to know we’re…


Announcing: SharePoint Web Parts for FAST ESP

It’s been around 45 days since the acquisition of FAST Search and Transfer closed and we’re moving quickly to provide interoperability for Microsoft customers between FAST ESP and Microsoft SharePoint Server. The first deliverables from this work are a set of FAST ESP Search Web Parts for quickly integrating results from FAST ESP into SharePoint Server…


FAST Tender Offer Complete!

Well, it has been a while since I last posted – but for good reason. Aside from our usual day-to-day efforts to deliver great enterprise search solutions for our customers, we’ve also been feverishly working on the acquisition of FAST Search & Transfer that we originally announced on January 8. Today, I’m excited to share…