Friday, August 19, 2011

FAST search in SharePoint 2010

In this post we will discuss about FAST search in SharePoint 2010. Also you can check some of the posts  on:

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After taking over FAST Search & Transfer (an enterprise search company), Microsoft has developed FAST Search Server  2010 for SharePoint that is a fully integrated search server engine.

End users got some benefits from FAST as described  below:
- In FAST search, word and PowerPoint files will be displayed with thumbnail in the search result page. PowerPoint files can be previewed in the results list without opening the file, either with a PowerPoint client or with Office Web Applications.

- Office files can be opened in the browser without installing the client on the computer.

- FAST Search, you also can define Visual Best Bets, which are pictures or videos that are Best Bets for several keywords.

- FAST Search provides the capability of result refining on metadata associated with all results. Also FAST search shows counts for each of the refiners.

- For people search user can search by contextual user information like department, skills, competencies, city etc.User Contexts are nothing but can be built by using User Profile properties.

- Each property can be the base of sorting, configured in the “Sort by” field.

- Another feature called Similar search where users can get a new result set based on the search of the selected search result item.

- FAST Search supports language-specific word breaking and stemming, spellcheck, and antiphrasing.

- In FAST Search, custom queries can be set up using the native query language for FAST.

Benefits for Administrators:
- FAST search can scale-out up to more than 500 million items.

- FAST search is easy setup of User Context, Visual Best Bets, promotion/demotion.

- FAST search is Easy-to-configure sorting and refinement.