We’ve got great news to share! Last month, Gartner published the 2008 Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology, and Microsoft was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant. Since the completion of the acquisition, we’ve worked incredibly hard to communicate and demonstrate a combined vision and strategy to our customers and partners. It’s good to know we’re heading in the right direction!
When I talk with customers about search, it’s clear that organizations have very different needs. In fact, many people tell me that even within an organization the one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work. So over the last year, we’ve announced some bold moves designed to create a compelling portfolio of search applications. With the addition of Search Server Express and the acquisition of FAST, we now have a product line-up designed to meet a broad range of business needs:
While our “Leaders Quadrant” position in the Magic Quadrant is an important milestone, we still think of this as the very beginning of our journey. We’re continuing to combine our deep technical expertise with our broad reach to deliver exciting innovations to the market – so you can and should expect great things to come. Stay tuned!
Kirk Koenigsbauer General Manager, SharePoint Business Group
Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology (Gartner Research, Sept. 30, 2008) Microsoft is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s 2008 Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology. This report assesses vendors with capabilities that go beyond enterprise search to encompass a range of technologies. Their capabilities include search; federated search, content classification, categorization and clustering; fact and entity extraction; taxonomy creation and management; information presentation (for example, visualization) to support analysis and understanding; and desktop search to address user-controlled repositories in order to locate and "invoke" documents, data, e-mail and intelligence.
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