26 January 2011

Microsoft Search Server Feature Comparison

There are a few flavors of search available from MS at this point in time.  This table should give you an in depth comparison.


Feature comparison



Feature

SharePoint Foundation 2010

Search Server 2010 Express

Search Server 2010

SharePoint Server 2010

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

Basic site search

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Best Bets

Y

Y

Y

Y

Visual Best Bets

Y

Similar Results

Y

Duplicate Results

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Search Scopes

Y

Y

Y

Y

RSS Feeds for Search Results

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Alerts for Search Results

Y*

Y*

Y*

Y*

Advanced Search Page

Y

Y

Y

Y

Search Enhancement based on User Contexts

Y

Crawled and Managed Properties

Y

Y

Y

Y**

Entity Extraction

Y

Query Federation

Y

Y

Y

Y

Query Suggestions

Y

Y

Y

Y

Sort Results on Managed Properties or Rank Profiles

Y

Relevancy Tuning by Document or Site Promotions

Y

Y

Y

Y**

Shallow Results Refinement

Y

Y

Y

Y

Deep Results Refinement

Y

Document Preview

Y

Windows 7 Federation

Y

Y

Y

Y

People Search

Y

Y

Phonetic Name Search***

Y

Y

Nickname Search***

Y

Y

Self Search

Y

Y

Social Search

Y

Y

Taxonomy Integration

Y

Y

Multi-Tenant Hosting

Y

Rich Web Indexing Support

Y




To figure what what advantages FAST offer it is just easier to watch the demo video.







So why is it called FAST?  The name comes from Fast Search & Transfer ASA a Norwegian company founded in 1997 that specialized in enterprise search solutions.    Microsoft acquired FAST in 2008 and have integrated it into SharePoint 2010

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