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In early 2008 when Microsoft acquired Norwegian FAST Search & Transfer, it picked up time-tested enterprise search technology to supplement Redmond's otherwise mid-market-oriented search tools. FAST’s "ESP" offerings (though built on a non-Microsoft stack) enabled the company to address the kinds of complex, multi-repository enterprise search scenarios that SharePoint Search (for example) was never able to fulfill.
This left several open questions as Microsoft prepared its next triennial SharePoint update:
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