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Friday, August 19, 2011

SharePoint 2010 Search

Search is much more improved now in SharePoint 2010 over MOSS 2007. There are 2 major engines used for SharePoint 2010 Search.

1. SharePoint 2010 search engine.
2. FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

1. SharePoint 2010 search engine: This has a lot more new capabilities and impreoved features for the SharePoint users and administrators. Like:
  • SharePoint 2010 Search Engine provides a new, rich UI.
  • There is a Refinement Panel where user can filter the results based on meta data fields.
  • In SharePoint 2010 now boolean expressions are valid and can be processed in the search query.
  • Based on the previous queries, it will show suggestion while typing a search query.
  • A new feature Did you mean suggestion is implemeneted.
  • Enahanced relevance for better matching and ranking capabilities.
  • Now you can federate the search result from a remote search service and display them in a separate web part as a part of the search result in different page.
  • With the results for your query, SharePoint 2010 also provides related searches for additional results from previous searches.
  • Now you can see all kind of office documents in the browser with the View in Browser capabilities.
  • Very much improved people search. you can search on the basis of phonetic search, presence, organization and recent content information, Refinement Panel with filtering status skill.
  • Now you can do people search using nick name matching.
  • The more active a user is in a special topic area, the more relevance he or she will get in the search results.
  • Now search is integrated with Windows 7. The search results and all associated data will be displayed in Windows Explorer.
For administrators Now search comes as a separate service rather within SSPs.
  • Now administrators can use power shell to create or manage search service applications.
  • A new search dashboard provided that contains lots of useful information like status of the system, crawling, queries.
We will discuss FAST search in a different posts.

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