More tidbits out of Microsoft's Convergence EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) show this week.
First, slated for some stage time in Munich will be Office SharePoint for Search. The intranet search software was discussed at the Worldwide Partner Conference last summer, but there hasn't been much detail disclosed around it, says Davide Vigano, worldwide market lead for Microsoft Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partner group (SMS&P)
Well, here are a few factoids: The software will index up to 1.5 million documents for $7,000 with no client access licenses (CALs) required. Microsoft's goal is to unify desktop and intranet and Internet search where Microsoft lags far behind leader Google. For customers wanting to go beyond the 1.5 million document limit or to search line-of-business applications, will need to go to full-fledged SharePoint Server he said.
This is a volley aimed at Google's nascent intranet search business. Google sells appliances into companies for internal search purposes. Google's Mini appliance searches up to 100,000 documents for just under $3,000. Google Enterprise appliances range from $30,000 to $600,000.