Man, have I been waiting for this. Microsoft has finally released an RTM version of Windows Search Server Express 2008. Better yet they haven't changed the price! It is still free. Yes free.
Why have I been waiting for this? Simply because, not only can I improve the searching ability of my Sharepoint sites BUT I can also now index every document in file shares on my network. How helpful is that going to be? You don't have to make any changes to your filing system, you simply tell Search Server Express 2008 to crawl you network file shares. It will index not only the documents but also the contents of these documents (ie Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc). So now you can use the Search Server interface to search for files as well as the contents of those files. How handy is that? Now all that information won't remained buried.
When you combine the power of Search Server 2008 and Windows Sharepoint Services you have a really powerful solution to help you find and collaborate with the information in your business. Best of all, both products are FREE to download, you can't get better than that can you? All you need is a Windows 2003 server to run them on.
Now that Search Server Express 2008 is available I'll be downloading and implementing it internally. I'll post my findings here and maybe even consider doing a video. If you want to download Windows Search Server Express 2008 you can do so from :