Microsoft Acquires Enterprise Search Vendor Fast Search & Transfer

Microsoft offered $1.2B to acquire Fast Search & Transfer, a leading enterprise search vendor, and the offer is likely to be accepted. This represents a major move for Microsoft, as the scramble for enterprise search continues to heat up. E-discovery and compliance—along with day-to-day user productivity—are key drivers behind the need for fast, accurate search […]

Microsoft offered $1.2B to acquire Fast Search & Transfer, a leading enterprise search vendor, and the offer is likely to be accepted.

This represents a major move for Microsoft, as the scramble for enterprise search continues to heat up. E-discovery and compliance—along with day-to-day user productivity—are key drivers behind the need for fast, accurate search across multiple machines and servers throughout an enterprise.

With the acquisition, Microsoft would bolster its existing roster of search technologies including Microsoft Windows Desktop Search, Microsoft Search Server Express, and search technologies embedded within Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Spending $1.2B is no small feat, even for Microsoft. A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there, pretty soon you're talking about real money. This underscores the importance of the contents of data throughout the enterprise. If you can control the content—wherever it is within the enterprise—then you can achieve greater business agility, reduce risk and expand opportunities.

... David Sengupta

One Comment

  1. Deborah Johnson
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

    On July 1, 2008 Microsoft acquired Cognition’s competitor Powerset for 100M; no doubt a sign Semantic NLP Search is a critical next step in search; I would say Yahoo! should buy Cognition-in a head to head comparison Cognition crushed Powerset on relevancy-you can find the white paper on thir website. Google however, just sits on it’s thrown as if they are untouchable and they are so sadly mistaken. Every social network using Google now YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, Vzillion, Second Life are moving away from key words!

    We’ll see. I don’t believe Google is going away but they are suffering with newer search which they refuse to acknowledge and they just did a deal with MGM to offer paid content on YouTube in a desperate effort to compete with HULU!

    Sad…nice to see the mighty fall a notch or two.

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