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Google Mini Search Appliance gets new features & six new languages

The Google Mini offers the simplicity and power of Google’s universal search technology at a great price. An integrated hardware and software solution, the Mini offers true plug-and-play installation and can be purchased online. Whether you’re looking to search your company’s internal information or your public website, the Mini has the features for your business.

The Google Mini has been making its way across the globe, reaching thousands of businesses that have taken to the little blue box, and along the way picking up suggestions for improvement from devoted users. Google Enterprise blog announced new features:

  1. Almost all employees store files on shared servers so other employees can access them. The Mini is now able to securely crawl and serve these file shares. You’ll be able to quickly find shared information across the company instead of having to ask a hundred people or, worse, do their work over.
  2. Many customers have told us that they want to tell us which documents are more valuable within their own companies — for instance, published marketing collateral is more authoritative than the first draft. Sometimes, files from a certain server are less important and shouldn’t clog the search results page. Source Biasing enables users to give us URL patterns and tell us if they should be weighted higher or lower.
  3. Two very similar documents: One from 1998, one from 2008. We’re guessing you’re not as interested in the one written 10 years ago. If so, you’ll like our new Date Biasing feature, which gives greater (or lesser) importance to newer (or older) documents.
  4. Finally, in an effort to continue the rapid international growth of the Google Mini, we are adding support for six more languages (Basque, Catalan, Galician, Greek, Hungarian, and Polish) in the Mini’s administrative screens and help documentation.
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