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Sep242018

Microsoft Search: AI-powered Cohesive Search Across Windows 10, Office 365 and Bing

At Ignite, Microsoft announced the expansion of its personalized search across Office 365 to encompass search both inside and outside of Microsoft 365 through the new Microsoft Search.

With Microsoft Search, the company is providing a new cohesive and coherent organizational search experiences powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that works across Bing.com, Office apps, Edge, Windows 10 and more, so that search is always “one click away.”

“Microsoft Search as a cohesive capability will manifest through many search experiences across Microsoft 365 (in Office, Windows and more). Cortana could use Microsoft Search as a resource in her interactions with you, depending on your query.”

For those unaware, Microsoft 365 is a suite of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

“from Bing to the deep personalized insights surfaced by the Microsoft Graph, we are able to make a search in your organization even more effective.”

In addition, Microsoft is also supercharging its search box for easier searching of people, related content commands for apps and more.

  • The new search box will be contextually aware and offer proactive search results and suggestions.
  • The search bar will now move to a prominent and consistent place across desktop, mobile, and web on Office apps, Microsoft Team, SharePoint, OneNote, Sway and more.
  • Search box itself will command the application now in use, for example, typing “acc” in Word will offer a list of suggestions like Accept Revision or Accessibility Checker.
  • Search results will also include results from across the organization.
  • Unified administration of organizational search results, including admin-curated results like bookmarks.

Microsoft Search in Bing.com

Searching in Bing now returns both organizational results and web results.

Public preview along with the ability to search across conversations in both Microsoft Teams and Yammer rolled out simultaneously

According to Microsoft Graph data, over 180 organization take part in the private preview with files, sites, people, locations, and groups over the past year.

Tenant admins must opt-in for their organization, should visit bing.com/business/explore for details.

An image shows Microsoft Search in Bing.com.

microsoft search in bing.com

Microsoft Search in Office.com now available in the targeted release surface the same search scope across Microsoft 365.

An image of Microsoft Search in Office.com:

microsoft search in office.com

Microsoft Search in SharePoint mobile app

Included as the default experience it lists common questions, personalized results, and frequent searches that organizations can curate in the latest SharePoint mobile app.

Microsoft Search in Outlook Mobile App

The new search experience provides access to commands, content, and people. Outlook and mobile app bring zero query search, fuzzy search, and top results based on intelligent technology.

With “zero query search,” placing a cursor in the search box will bring up recommendations powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph.

Enhancements to search in Outlook is available on Windows, Mac, and Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, with the web, will be getting first on targeted release in mid-September.

Microsoft has begun rolling out a preview of Microsoft Search to Office.com, Bing.com, and SharePoint Mobile app.

Microsoft Search will also be coming to Edge, Windows 10 and versions of Office in the “coming months,” going into 2019.

Microsoft Search in Office, a new suite wide search in the ribbon will offer same consistent experience and results across Office apps on desktop, mobile, and web.

Users will be able to find, command, navigate, and discover.

An image shows a laptop open to a PowerPoint deck using Microsoft Search:

microsoft search in office suite

Microsoft Search in Windows will be accessible from the taskbar to do searches, including local and organizational search whether its’ people, location of an office, or files.

A look at the Ignite announcement session:

Microsoft also releasing new additions to Bing Custom Search for both developers and non-developers allowing them to build more powerful and customizable search experience.

Microsoft first announced the general availability of Bing Custom Search v1 in Oct. 2017, followed by v2 In May 2018, with new features such as custom image search, custom autosuggest.

V2 also let retrieve key insights about the usage of the custom search instance.

Now, AI-powered v3 of Bing Custom Search offering new features and additions, like:

  • Support for video results from web sources configured in Bing Custom Search instance.
  • More options to fine-tune and customize pre-defined color themes in Hosted UI.
  • Ability to pin specific web results to specific queries by supporting pinning queries that start with or end with a phrase/term instead of only exact matching.
  • Ability to block specific queries from auto-generated query suggestions.

Microsoft published few resources to learn more including Quickstarts guide, Bing Custom Search API documentation, for onboarding and hosted UI information check this tutorial, and Free Access Keys.

Microsoft Graph getting AI technology with semantic knowledge from Bing will make it possible to ask a question in a natural language such as “Can my brother work for me at my company?” by using machine reading comprehension coupled with an understanding of an organization’s intranet.

Both syntactic parsing of the question and semantic understanding is necessary for providing real answers.

The Microsoft Graph gathers insight from users’ work life, that include documents, the people, sites, devices, where and with who they work and other signals are the basis for consistent learning across the organization.

Bing contributes an understanding of the world outside an organization, with acronym and entity extraction, machine reading comprehension and computer vision.

Microsoft Graph ranks search results relevant to users’ needs. You can see all the results that satisfy your query, but personalized search prioritizes the results that are most likely to meet user goal.

Microsoft Search Videos Tutorial

To learn more about how to use Microsoft Search features watch these video embeds:

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