3 Reasons Search is a Hot Feature for SharePoint 2010

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Since the release of SharePoint 2010, we have seen an outpouring of interest in the Search functionality available in the product.  It makes sense that this functionally would be so popular.  After all, who wouldn’t be interested in being connected to information they need to get their job done?

There are three things that make Search great in SharePoint 2010:

  1. It helps you find content faster – This may seem like an obvious benefit of search functionality, but that doesn’t mean that you should underestimate its importance.  Most companies have lots of information in many different formats.  SharePoint 2010 helps you to find exactly what you are looking for quickly and easily with interactive search refinement tools, thumbnails, and previews that allow you to recognize the right content quickly and click-through relevancy which promotes the most frequently accessed information.
  2. It helps people connect – The more quickly and easily your people can find each other, the more they can share ideas and expertise to solve problems, improve processes, and foster innovation.  Based on user profile information in “My Sites”, you can search based on expertise or other people-specific information and include colleagues and Outlook contacts in your search results.  Get more accurate and broader people searches by automatically including phonetic spellings and common nicknames.
  3. It is customizable – Because people use search in many different ways, SharePoint 2010 search platform is customizable to meet many different people’s needs and preferences.  With advanced content processing, the terms and language unique to your business become part of the search experience.  The contextual search functions deliver results based on an individual’s role and search history while the relevance model can be tuned to meet the needs of an individual user.

There are two ways search happens in SharePoint 2010 – SharePoint 2010 Search and FAST Search for SharePoint.  To understand the differences between these two search tools, download an evaluation guide for each  SharePoint search options.

By Socius, an Ohio SharePoint Partner

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