Here’s an interesting article discussing Microsoft’s plans to enter the enterprise desktop search market. It seems Micrsofot is really embracing this whole ECM concept. There is not mention of OCR and document images in this article, but I’m sure that is addressed – if even through the Office OCR/ScanSoft stuff. Basically, this is a direct response to Google’s desktop serach success, which Dean Tang of ABBYY has called the “killer app for OCR.” However, while Google charges for enteprise search, Microsoft is offering it for free. How weill it will work and how practical it is remain to be seen. Also, while this may be a direct attack on Google, the soon-to-be merged Vertiy/Autonomy entity may get caught in the crossfire!