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Microsoft, Google trade barbs on enterprise search

Officials of Microsoft and Google traded comparisons of their enterprise search products to their rival’s during a technology conference in San Francisco Wednesday.

To underscore that it was all in fun, Nitin Mangtani, lead product manager for Google’s search appliance business, feigned throwing a punch at Jared Spataro, group product manager for Microsoft’s enterprise search, as they shared a stage at the Gilbane Conference on enterprise technology issues.

Like Web surfers searching the Internet, enterprises need search engines for their own IT networks for finding important files, digital presentations, databases, and other internal information.

Microsoft’s Spataro said Google may be the leader in the consumer Internet search market, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into success in the enterprise market where more sophisticated functionality is needed. He outlined three general markets for enterprise search including entry-level commodity search functions where Google is the leader. A middle market offers some additional features enterprises need and also is scalable as a company grows. The third, high-end market delivers very sophisticated search techniques, such as those designed for e-discovery.

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