FAST: Bring on The Microsoft Linux/Unix Ties

“Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Fast Search & Transfer
(FAST) may provide a jolt to the company’s Windows-only
culture–and not the kind you get from Jolt Cola.

“Microsoft’s FAST purchase, which closed Friday, gives it one of
the premier enterprise search players, and a search platform that,
in addition to Windows, supports rival operating systems Linux and

“‘FAST ESP provides best-in-class capabilities for the most
demanding search applications… and you can be assured that
with our expanded team in place, we’ll be in an even better
position to continue innovation across all three products,
including FAST ESP on Linux and UNIX,’ Kirk Koenigsbauer, general
manager of the SharePoint Business group, said Friday in a posting
on the Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog…”