Well, MSS has been announced now, the artist formerly known as S2. The best news? Search Server 2008 Express is free (ala WSS). The release candidate is available now.
Enterprise Search from Microsoft
The second best news (and more interesting to technical people like me) is the availability of federated search connectors. This enterprise search platform will connect to other repositories like Documentum, FAST and OpenText where previously you'd need to get creative with the BDC to get this kind of connectivity. How easy?
To use one of these federated locations in your enterprise search solution, follow these steps: Download the Federated Location Definition (.FLD) file for the desired federated location above (right click on the link and hit Save Target As...). Import the file into your search solution by going to your Search Administration page, click on Federated Locations, and click Import Location. Connect the federated location to an end user results page by adding a Federated Results Web Part or Top Federated Results Web Part and configuring them to connect to your federated location.
To use one of these federated locations in your enterprise search solution, follow these steps:
All the new features will also be available in MOSS 2007 via an Enterprise Search feature pack.