Microsoft has expanded its enterprise search offering with the launch of the free Search Server 2008 Express.
Search Server 2008 Express, which will be available as a free download, helps businesses securely connect to a wide range of information.
A release candidate of Search Server 2008 Express is now available for download and evaluation.
Rob Gray, Sharepoint product manager at Microsoft UK, said, "We believe there is a core set of enterprise search features that every business should have, and we are delivering them for free in Search Server 2008 Express."
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In delivering Search Server Express, Gray said Microsoft has taken the enterprise class search capabilities of Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007, and made them available as a stand-alone server for free.
Search Server Express has no preset document limits, so it will scale to meet a company's evolving needs, said Microsoft.