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OvumThe battle for continuing web search dominance continues, with Google now providing a range of new capabilities, including a first stab at realtime search and an image recognition function.

While Google's immediate target with its announcements is Microsoft's increasingly competent (and threatening) Bing, the target that the CIO should be aware of is the consumer user. As we have found with a range of technologies, from instant messaging to search engine user interfaces, the consumer is also an employee and judges the effectiveness of the corporate systems they have to use by what they see in the 'wild' of the Internet.

Being the canny organisation it is, when Google identifies widespread adoption of these functions in the consumer environment it will then build them into its enterprise offerings, notably its search appliance.

Original Article: Telecoms and Software News