Microsoft, Fast Search JV to provide expertise in ME

DUBAI - Microsoft Corp. has completed the acquisition of Fast Search & Transfer, provider of enterprise search solutions. In January, Microsoft announced its $1.2 billion offer for Norway-based enterprise search company, Fast Search. With this acquisition, Microsoft is set to change the enterprise search landscape by delivering a solid solution that fills the gap left by current offerings.

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Published: Mon 4 Aug 2008, 11:35 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:48 AM

With significantly improved search capabilities provided by Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, organisations in the Middle East will now have access to an enterprise-class solution that enables users to find the information and expertise they need to drive business results.

Patrick Beeharry, Server and Product Marketing Manager for SharePoint in Microsoft Middle East and Africa said, "With our companies combined, we are uniquely positioned to offer customers what they have been telling us they want most - a strategy for meeting everything from their basic to most complex enterprise search needs. We are pleased to have the talented team from FAST joining us here in the Middle East. Together we aim to deliver better technologies that will make enterprise search a ubiquitous tool that is central to how people find and use information."

Neil Garner, General Manager, Middle East, Fast said, "Enterprise search is becoming an indispensable tool to businesses of all sizes, helping people find, use and share critical business information quickly. Until now organisations have been forced to choose between powerful, high-end search technologies or more mainstream, infrastructure solutions. The combination of Microsoft and Fast gives customers a new choice: a single vendor with solutions that span the full range of a customer's technology needs."

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