Google Search Appliance now supports OpenSearch, enabling searching directly from browsers or Windows 7 clients
July 19th, 2010 | Published in Google Enterprise
People should have the power to conduct searches from everywhere. This is why we provide users with numerous options beyond Google.com, such as typing in a search query directly in the address bar in Google Chrome, or through Google Toolbar, or Google Desktop.
However, when it comes to searching information on their corporate intranet, most users’ choices are limited. Corporate users typically have to go to a special URL or open up a special portal application to search their intranet. To alleviate this limitation, we have integrated the Google Search Appliance with the OpenSearch protocol. OpenSearch is a collection of simple formats for the sharing of search results. So for instance, integrating with OpenSearch enables accessing the Google Search Appliance directly from the browser:
Or, as shown below, you can search directly from Windows Explorer within Windows 7:
Ultimately, we are trying to provide as many options as possible to the end user. And by supporting OpenSearch, these options will increase as more platforms connect with OpenSearch.
You can immediately download this feature on Enterprise Labs, or learn more about it in our technical documentation.
Posted by Alexander Kerschhofer, Google Search Appliance team