MOSS Search – Repackaged – Standalone – FREE!

Well, this sounds cool: Microsoft just announced Search Server Express 2008, based on MOSS Search. The Release Candidate (RC) is free! And only 221 MB (32-bit)/235 MB (64-bit). Although I am sure the production recommendation is to run the 64 bit version, as time permits I could install the 32 bit version in a virtual machine and see how it runs. A colleague of mine hypothesized that this can compete directly against a Google Mini.

MSFT’s press release:

The Enterprise Search Home Page:

The Enterprise Search Blog:

The Release Candidate download page:

I’d be interested in playing with this, but first I should get one or more MOSS TS exams (70-630, etc) out of the way…