I want to believe that Microsoft has not abandoned the enterprise in enterprise search, and that the good people behind the FAST seearch engine still are allowed to deliver well tested and proven features around the SharePoint search space.
If features are removed, as they were from FAST ESP to FAST Search 2010 from SharePoint, and from FAST Search 2010 for SharePoint to SharePoint 2013, then remove them first after you have tried to advocate the use of them. Just because a feature is not used by the average SharePoint consultant/pro-user, does not mean it’s not valuable. It might be that they just don’t know about it, or don’t know how to put it to good use.
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