Interesting, lets see how it plays out, the potential ramifications of this alignment between MS corporate and Fast, could mean a heck of a lot of things.
Though this is a large feather in Fast's cap.
>Note: this is not about Fast websearch.
? Soo what? It's a search function for intranets/ networks? *G reads the article again* It sounds like it is a search to pull information out of databases...
First of all I accidentially had linked to an old press release, where it just said FAST had met the specs - sorry for that.
If you read this new press release [fast.no] I think the matter clears up a little.
MS sells it's Microsoft Commerce Server 2002 and Microsoft Content Management Server 2001 to business customers. Part of this product is FAST software. It's a data mining solution, which very successfully works for huge companies already, like IBM, Reuters etc. In short. Fast provides the search architecture for those MS Commerce servers.
'cuse me for bumping this, but I don't think too many people saw this thread, or realized the implications of this news. Think about it - Fast and Microsoft teaming up...
MS have the might, fast has the technology, good things could come from this. Not web search now, but it is a posability for the future.
I really missed this tread Brett. Normally I try to be informed about what is happening with Fast at all times but this one slipped by me. Maby this deal also will lead to a future partnership between the two companies when it comes to traditional web search?
Red ears ;)
It slipped by me too. Thanks for bumping it Brett.
>think about it.
Just did. Could be a very important move for FAST in deed. Wonder what it will do for them stock, client and brand-wise?
I think whatever search data MS decides to use, it will make a big impact on SEO industry. Cuz if I am not mistaken, MSN is doing tons of marketing for their Internet Service and like we all know that the home page / start page for all MSN Internet user will be msn.com (that is what I am thinking), or even if they have some other MSN page (created specifically for MSN Internet users), they will still see MSN Search box on the page. And I personally think, that many (if not almost all) of those users will generally use that search box and hence one can expect MSN Search popularity to increase. I guess, it is like what happen to Yahoo and AOL (I think?). When people start surfing from one site, they normally use resources available on that site (if they are good). So I guess, all the SEO's need to start focusing on MSN also for near future....
P.S... Our site is still getting most (I mean almost all) visitors from Google :) Good Google :)
Which asks the next question, implications on Inktomi?