Q: (from Matt)
A client is asking about Microsoft Search Server Express and it’s something I’m not too familiar with. I’ve done a little bit of research but it looks like this product is designed for mid-large companies (total data at the client doesn’t exceed 300gb). They mentioned that the Express version was free, but I’m also not seeing anything that backs up this claim.
I wasn’t too familiar with this product either, but a quick Bing search took me to the Search Server Express home page:
I view this as a gateway technology to introduce enterprise SharePoint Search technology into any sized organization. I love the Related Search feature, the support for 31 file types, and 51 languages.
It’s definitely free and appears to be limited by the number of indexed items:
But just because the search engine is “free” doesn’t mean the full implementation is free. Windows Server, IIS, and SQL server are still necessary components.