Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti, the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it’s like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.  Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution list.  Angus Logan, Technical Product Manager for the Windows Live platform has been tinkering…

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Index PDFs Lightning Fast with Foxit’s PDF iFilter

iFilters are like plugins for search products that extend the functionality of the indexing service.  Windows Indexing Service, MSN Desktop Search, Internet Information Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), Site Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and all other products based on Microsoft Search technology can use iFilters like the one FoxIt has to…

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Office 2008 for Mac Goes Gold

Congratulations to the Office team in the MacBU!  I can’t wait to get my hands on Office 2008.  For those of you interested, it will be available on shelves Jan. 15th.  Never seen Mac Office?  Hop on over to the site to see Office in all its Quartz glory. www.MacOffice2008.com Office 2008 will ship with…

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Windows Task Manager Shortcut

Here’s a tip for all of you out there.  In Vista, one thing that annoyed me was how disruptive the the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen was in switching from the desktop to the list.  Most of the time I would have to do this to bring up the task manager.  I just learned a new shortcut.  I’m…

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MOSS 2007: In-depth Look at Search Technology (Level 200)

TechNet Webcast: An In-Depth Look at SharePoint Server 2007 Search Technology (Level 200) Monday, December 17, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time Matt Hester, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032359951&Culture=en-US   This session is a little late 7:30 – 9:00 PM GMT but remember you can always watch the recorded webcast after…

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Office 2007 SP1 is Out – GoodBye Outlook Problems

My colleague James O’Neill beat me to this one.  SP1 for Office is finally here, and none the sooner as I was ready to destroy my laptop and beat it with a sledgehammer because of the stability issues with Outlook. Funny story, a lot of the bad rap that Vista has been getting has actually…

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Wildcard Search in MOSS 2007 and MSS 2008

I know a few of you who attended my presentation on Search Server 2008 had questions regarding wildcard search capabilities.  Sammy Jankis sums up SharePoint’s wildcard search functionality pretty well.  After reading his article if you find that you want a more robust solution, Mondosoft’s Ontollica solution provides improved wildcard searching.  Also, I encourage everyone…

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Trials and Tribulations: British Food

To my non-British readers out there, I will leave it up to you to ponder and visualize the delicacies of the UK.  This was posted in our break-room in the London office.  OKAY OKAY OKAY I HAVE to ask…what the hell are Midland Faggots?  Living in the west coast of the United States, specifically in…

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London TechNet Event Presentation and Resources

Thank you all who attended the London TechNet event, Beyond SharePoint: Advanced Solutions in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Search. Please follow this link to download the attached PDF of my presentation around Microsoft Search Server 2008.  Please send me any questions you might have around the product as well.  If any members of the audience…

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