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Jan 10 2008   12:06AM GMT

Overheard: Microsoft buys out FAST in hopes of nailing down enterprise search

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

paul_mcdougall.gif With its planned $1.2 billion acquisition of Fast Search & Transfer, Microsoft is looking to become a player in one of tech’s next big growth markets — software that lets business users quickly troll through the reams of unstructured information that’s locked away in corporate databases.

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Enterprise search “is for workers tomorrow what Internet search is for consumers today — an indispensable tool that helps them quickly find the information they need,” said Microsoft Business Division president Jeff Raikes, speaking Tuesday on a conference call.

And it could be a gold mine for the first big vendor that gets it right.

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