Google Search Appliance Gets New Features

Google announced today that the Google Search Appliance now gives customers the ability to customize SERPs for their unique corporate environments. New features:

  • Results hit clustering -- Basically sounds like a disambiguation tool that functions like drop-down boxes on specific Google searches. Google: "if an employee searches for "customer" on the company network, a set of categories could appear at the top of the results with groups of topics such as "customer support" or "customer contacts" to help guide the search. Administrators can customize the location and appearance of Results Hit Clustering within search results."
  • Source biasing -- Allows admins to assign weights to specific results based on the type of content.
  • Improved sitemaps export -- better integration with Google Sitempas export and open source connectors for indexing content in SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007.