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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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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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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Connectors and Investing in Open Technologies

So I presented at Falkirk to an awesome audience about Search Server 2008 and had some interesting questions.  I’ve learned in my travels that geography plays a huge part in the sophistication of an audience.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not insulting the caliber of talent in the room.  Presenting to the crowd, I…


FAQ: Microsoft Announces Search Server 2008

Microsoft is excited announce two new product offerings.  Search Server 2008 and 2008 Express will allow organizations to easily implement enterprise search capabilities in their environment irrespective of SharePoint, which was required for our previous offering.  This product announcement does not replace MOSS 2007 Search, but offers new functionality that is complimentary to it so…

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Just Tafiti It

I’m always amazed at how quickly the marketing department gets on a roll with great product names like Silverlight, Surface, and Popfly, only to crash into a proverbial brick wall with a name like Tafiti. what is that, like 5 syllabals? Regardless of our opinions on Microsoft naming conventions like they matter, my old colleague,…


Use Outlook Natively with Hotmail

The new Hotmail Connector for Outlook was released a few weeks back, oddly I haven’t seen anything written about it, hence this post.  The connector gives the ability to use Outlook 2003 or 2007 with LiveMail/Hotmail natively.  For those of you who were big Outlook Express fans *gag*, this was a native feature but died…

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*CORRECTION* Vista Search Annoyance

I received some emails regarding my article on a Vista Search bug.  The article stated that the bug would be fixed in SP1, but it was unclear on what settings would change.  The original article read, “As it turns outs, the quick fix was to change the start menu settings so that the search bar…


Vista Desktop Search Annoyance

I thought people might find this fix interesting because it annoyed the hell out of me when I first started using Vista.  In the XP days, I was a huge Windows Desktop Search (WDS) fan, and like many WDS fans Vista search wasn’t that exciting because of new features but rather, it gave visibility to…

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