REDMOND, Wash., and NEEDHAM, Mass. — July 17, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. and Fast Search & Transfer™ (FAST™), the leading global provider of enterprise search technologies, today announced the availability of new technologies in the FAST Enterprise Search Platform® (FAST ESP®) that integrate with and extend the enterprise search capabilities of Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007. Together, FAST and Microsoft are dedicated to delivering truly relevant, scalable and security-enhanced enterprise search solutions that drive business value for customers.
“In today’s competitive environment, Enterprise Search has become a strategic imperative for many companies,” said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president, Office SharePoint Server Group at Microsoft. “With the rich innovations in Office SharePoint Server for enterprise content management, collaboration and search, combined with FAST’s expertise and solutions for specialized and high-end environments, businesses now have access to a full range of information access capabilities.”
In addition to supporting 80 languages, FAST ESP will enable Office SharePoint Server’s users to employ advanced navigation capabilities to refine results and find facts, leveraging the power of FAST’s Contextual Insight® technology to enrich the customer experience. It also uses Office SharePoint Server as a platform, extending Web Parts capabilities to expose customers and industry partners to more relevant information. “FAST and Microsoft understand that in today’s world it’s not just about searching for information, it is about connecting people with the right information quickly in a security-enhanced environment,” said John Markus Lervik, CEO of FAST. “The market’s rapid acceptance of Office SharePoint Server is a phenomenon. By extending Office SharePoint Server’s content management, collaboration and search capabilities with FAST ESP’s advanced analytics dynamic navigation capabilities, we are enabling users to derive even greater value from Office SharePoint Server 2007. Together with Microsoft, we are enabling organizations to maximize their existing information assets, putting the data to work for them and positioning them for future growth.”
FAST is the leading global provider of enterprise search technologies powering some of the world’s best known companies. FAST helps its customers deliver applications and services that connect their users to the right information, the right products, and the right people. By making search a central part of business infrastructure, FAST’s customers leverage search to drive business results. FAST’s solutions are used by more than 2,600 global customers and partners, including America Online (AOL), Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant, CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM, Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters, Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks, T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia), Vodafone, and Wanadoo.
FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol “FAST” on the Oslo Stock Exchange. For further information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com.
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