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MS polishes its engine

Microsoft posts the final version of its Index Server, a search engine that aids information queries on the company's Windows NT Server and Internet Information Server.

Microsoft today posted the final version of its Index Server, a search engine that aids information queries on the company's Windows NT Server and Internet Information Server.

Unlike global search engines such as Yahoo and Lycos that trawl the entire Internet for information, Index Server, formerly code-named Tripoli, allows users to search for data on individual Web sites.

By converting information on a Web site into a searchable database, or index, it provides fast access to data from HTML, word-processing, spreadsheet, and other files. The Microsoft (MSFT) product also offers built-in support for queries in seven languages, including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Index Server can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft's Web site. It works only with Microsoft IIS Web server, not other Windows NT Web servers such as Netscape Communications' FastTrack Server.

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