There are no longer two search products, SharePoint and FAST for SharePoint. Full integration of capabilities now exists in SharePoint 2013. Although we have not witnessed it, we have heard that search can actually be used to render content to pages, almost like a content management solution. The old “content query” function in earlier versions of SharePoint is no longer needed. There is now a web view of content, and reports are that there is a continuous crawl feature rather than a timed crawl. SharePoint 2013 search also contains a stronger ability to federate results from multiple sources, such as other SharePoint farms, websites, exchange and content sources.
Our Take: Search is greatly improved in SharePoint 2013, though capabilities could be better refined to take advantage of the inherent power provided by the FAST search functionality.
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Jim Kane is the Director of Collaboration and Knowledge Management (KM) at Paragon Solutions. Jim leads the KM practice with a focus on knowledge management and SharePoint-based solutions that support day-to-day business optimization via virtual problem solving, communities of practice, knowledge repositories, role-based communication portals, partner collaboration, and information dashboards. He is co-author of a patent, “Methods of Knowledge Management,” and has over 15 years of experience teaching at the college level as an adjunct instructor. Jim has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on the topics of Knowledge Communities, Adoption Strategies for SharePoint, and Global SharePoint deployments.