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Our last blog in October 2014 looked back at the year 2004, the year that the Windows Desktop became a battleground for search products from Google, Microsoft and other companies old and new in the search market.

That blog was the last in a short series looking back at various British contributions to the computer industry. Back in 2004 searching in the office or at home was either directly searching documents on your Windows Desktop or over an ethernet connected office server.

It seems appropriate now with October 2015 being the famous month from the film "Back to the Future"* that we now look at what's coming in the future for search - 'where we're going, we don't need roads'...

In this decade most of us now expect to be able to easily access files and documents while away from the office on a variety of devices, running different operating systems - be it via the company supplied Windows laptop, the iMac in the lounge, the latest smartphone from Apple, any Android device and even on Linux systems for hardcore techies.

Most of us have become comfortable sharing and synchronizing files via the mainstream cloud services from Microsoft, Google , Apple and the many alternative cloud based services such as DropBox, Hightail et al. Cloud based office applications have also matured to the point of common global usage - Office 365, Google Docs, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe DC to name a few.

Which brings us to where dtSearch fits into all of this; this month sees the release of dtSearch 7.81 with support for Adobe DC hit-highlighting and tested compatibility with Windows 10, and for developers wanting to deploy search in the cloud a new dtSearch Code Project article describes how the dtSearch Engine can be deployed on the Microsoft Azure platform using the new Microsoft Azure Files API and RemoteApp.

The Microsoft Azure Cloud makes available more data centres than Amazon and Google combined, along with 3X data replication and the most advanced security practices in the industry. Azure’s RemoteApp feature works with nearly any computer or device: OS X, iOS, Android or Windows.

Azure Files stores the dtSearch indexes and lets you share data across any number of applications through the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol.

The cloud-based search component of the demo application, SearchApp, uses Azure RemoteApp to instantly search cloud content from almost any computer or handheld device (iOS, OS X, Android or Windows) securely from anywhere in the world without any actual data or application installation on the end user’s machine. 

RemoteApp is a feature of Microsoft Azure’s Remote Desktop Services that works with a remote computer or device as if it were a local desktop application. The end result combines the global scalability of Azure with the ease of use of a desktop application and offers Office365 integration.

Azure supports what is known as the hybrid cloud, which means that you can set up a virtual network between the public cloud and your on-premises infrastructure, supporting the ability to integrate applications between your business and the cloud.

For those that need to have powerful search for mobile Apps for Android or for Apple Mac OSX devices without internet access to a cloud based search application, there is the dtSearch Engine for Android and the dtSearch Engine for Mac OSX, both currently in late beta.

There's never been a better time to start building your own mobile or cloud search based application. Now where did I park that DeLorean...


* In "Back to the Future II" by Craig Shaw Gardner, it says "Doc pointed at the time display as he eased the nose of the DeLorean downward. Marty read the digital display: OCTOBER 21, 2015. 4:29 P.M." (From the October 2015 Back to the Future website - )

Code Project article: Using Azure Files, RemoteApp and dtSearch for Secure instant search...

Wikipedia article on "Back to the Future"


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