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  • Blog Post: 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 mainstream...
  • Blog Post: Documentum and FileNet Connectors for SharePoint Released

      The links went live on May 23rd: - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for EMC Documentum - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for IBM FileNet We also have tutorial videos set up – you can view them at: - ESIC2008 for DCTM tutorial : - ESIC2008 for FileNet tutorial :  ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Firefox and Live Search Finally Play Super Nice

    One of the great features about IE8 is the way the search box is provider neutral allowing for a great search experience regardless of whether you use Google, Yahoo, Live, Amazon, Wikipedia, New York Times etc etc… So with one click, you can browse search results from any provider found on www...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • Blog Post: *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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Goes Yahoo!

    Eileen beat me to the punch on this one. I am excited by this announcement because some of my favorite sites on the Internet are Yahoo properties such as Flickr and Upcoming. I also hope that that certain technologies die off like Yahoo messenger. Here are few thoughts that have been swirling in my head...
  • Blog Post: Outlook and Search Server Christmas Webcasts

    I always get into the holiday mood late. While people graciously spend their Novembers shopping, feasting, and buying plane tickets to spend time with their loved ones, I get a head start in my procrastination efforts. The reality is I don't get into the Christmas spirit until the week before. Maybe...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts:Adding Content to Search Server

    Here is the a quick blogcast showing how to index web sites, network file shares, Sharepoint sites, and Exchange Public Folders. This is very basic but will hopefully show you how easy the interface is. The parts will get increasingly complex in the coming days.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcast Bugs

    I just wanted everyone to know that I've recently become aware of some audio glitches in my first two Christmas webcasts and I am trying to debug/resolve them.  If you try to get through some of the glitches, it eventually disappears.  The message of the webcasts still get across for the most...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Conference Day 2 – IT Pro Overview of 2010

    While I’m really busy tweeting live at this conference, I read a great overview for IT Pros who are interested in SharePoint 2010.  I’m doing more of a dev focus for this conference so if you’re interested, follow me on Twitter @tarpara  See Natalya's post.
  • Blog Post: Documentum and FileNet Connector Testers Needed

    For those of you who have deployed or planning to deploy SharePoint Search or Search Server 2008 AND you are waiting for interoperability with Documentum or FileNet, please send me an email. We are looking for candidates who would be willing to provide feedback around: · Checking that installation...
  • Blog Post: Live At BETT 2008 - Day 1

    Hello Everyone, For the next three days I will be talking with customers at the Microsoft booth. For those that do not know what BETT is, it is the largest Education-focused tradeshow in the UK. There are a lot of exciting technologies on showcase here so I want to share parts of the event as well...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...