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Microsoft starts Kumo search test; data governance still lags

Headlines: Microsoft starts testing Kumo search; most organizations still lack data governance plans; VMware outshines Hyper-V.

IT channel news briefs for March 3, 2009

Microsoft starts testing Kumo search

If at first you don't succeed … . Microsoft is about to start testing its new search engine, called Kumo. Satya Nadella, senior vice president, online services division, sent an internal email on Monday asking for help evaluating the search work. Comparing Kumo to search market leader Google, Microsoft has said that its technology will do a better job prioritizing and weeding out junk results. Outside beta tests will come later. Despite a huge investment, and an abortive $45 billion buyout attempt of Yahoo, Microsoft still lags Google by a lot. ComScore's January figures put Microsoft sites at just under 9% of Web searches versus 21% for Yahoo and nearly 63% for Google.

Most organizations still lack data governance plans Data governance strategies are still sitting on the drawing boards at most organizations, according to Consultant Jill Dyché offers tips on how to jump-start those data governance plans.

VMware outshines Hyper-V

With an array of hypervisors to choose from, the Burton Group investigated the pros and cons of Citrix Systems Inc., Microsoft, VMware Inc. and Virtual Iron Software hypervisors. The investigation spotlighted missing features users may need, according to

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