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Microsoft "Live Search" and a couple of other very cool things

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   At the CEO Summit yesterday, Microsoft’s end-to-end search strategy was announced as “Live Search” (which I really like), and three new products were formally announced:

  1. Windows Live Search on the Desktop (I’m indifferent about the name): Helps you find precisely the file or information you’re looking for fast, in one place and wherever it’s located.
  2. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search (again, I’m indifferent about the name): For those who just want to search their intranet, this product will support the most common types of searches -- file servers, Web sites, Exchange Server public folders, and Lotus Notes databases. It can also be extended to crawl/index other content sources via “custom connectors” and is upgradeable to the full SharePoint Server 2007 product.
  3. Knowledge Network (I really love Knowledge Network both as a name and a technology): A valuable add-on to Office SharePoint Server 2007, enhancing enterprise search for people by automating the discovery of the business relationships and subject matter expertise of everyone in the network. Knowledge Network provides vital business insights that enable users to make better decisions more quickly.

   I watched the on-demand Webcast of Bill Gates’ keynote this morning while doing a couple of other things (yes, I tend to triple or even quadruple task these days, which probably explains the sudden increase in the amount of white hair on my head). Here are some bookmarks for the Webcast, so you can just jump right to the good stuff:

  • 19:39: Very compelling demos of the three products mentioned above. What you don’t know is that the server that was used for the demo is actually one of the Dell Precision 470 Workstation machines that I had purchased a few weeks ago for our group to use as R&D machines and of course, for the occasional executive keynote demos. J Huge kudos to my colleague, Justin Chandoo, for working practically non-stop during the past several days to get everything working for the CEO Summit.
  • 34:02: Bill talks about Channel 9 as one of the ways that Microsoft has “revolutionized media” (or at least the way in which Microsoft leverages the media of communicating with its customers and partners). Wow, that’s a huge pat on the backs of Jeff Sandquist, Charles Torres, Scoble, and the rest of the C9 team. Oh, speaking of C9, I just finished reviewing a video interview with the SharePoint GPMs (that would be Group Program Managers or "Masters" as some would call them or perhaps that's just what they'd like to call themselves J). The video will be posted on Channel9 sometime next week, so what for that -- as if SharePoint needs any more buzz right now.
  • 40:15: Amazing demos of several business applications that are built on top of the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform. (Now that’s a team in which I would love to work if only I was smart enough, but then, if I were that smart, I’d probably be working in the KN team. J Perhaps it’s not just having the smarts since it takes quite a bit of that to be in the SharePoint team; rather, it’s stamina because I know that the folks in the VE and KN teams work even longer hours than I do.)
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  •    The C9 video of the SharePoint Group Program Managers that I mentioned in my previous post...

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