Automatically Generating Thesaurus Files from Taxonomy for SharePoint Search

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A while ago, a student of mine asked if it was possible to use the taxonomic alternative labels from the Managed Metadata Service as thesaurus items in SharePoint Server Search.

There’s no built-in way to do this, but it is possible to generate the required Xml with a little PowerShell.

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New Microsoft Bing Search Service with Embeddable Virtual Earth Maps

I’m a massive fan of the new “Bing” search service from Microsoft newly release this month. It seems we now have a suitable competitor to Google’s offerings.

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Firstly, web search seems to have come of age. The results feel a lot more relevant and snappy than previous incarnations. However, the big “wow” for me is the new mapping tool – a gestalt based on Multimap and Virtual Earth. If you want to start using these on your own web pages, it’s almost trivially easy. To embed a Bing map on your web page, simply:

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