This is the only chapter in this book devoted to a single search application. The reason for this is the ubiquitous use of SharePoint in organizations of all sizes. By default, these organizations are able to capitalize on the search application that is a core element of the SharePoint 2013 architecture, and that makes it probably the most widely used of all search applications. However, even if the IT team has had experience in using FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010, they may well be underprepared to take advantage of the much richer user experience in SharePoint 2013.
A Short History of SharePoint Search
The search functionality of SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007 was very limited, and Microsoft realized that without a significant enhancement of search, it could not position SharePoint 2010 as an enterprise-level application suite against IBM and Oracle. In 2008, Microsoft bought the Norwegian company FAST Search and Transfer, and rushed through the development of FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010, often referred to as FS4SP. FAST Search and Transfer had developed FAST ESP as a very powerful enterprise search application that ran on both Linux and Windows servers. Microsoft continued to support the original FAST ESP application, though fairly quickly ceased to support the Linux version.
However, no further development was undertaken, and so from 2008 to 2011, the only version available was the 5.3 release from 2008. Full support for ...
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