Microsoft Adds More AI Power to Bing Search Engine

Microsoft Adds More AI Power to Bing Search Engine

Microsoft is continuing to infuse more AI smarts into its Bing web search, Cortana digital assistant and Office 365 services. New features include rich insights for Excel, an Acryonyms feature for Word, and touches of Cortana for the Outlook app on iOS.

At Microsoft's AI conference in San Francisco, the company revealed that Bing would be graced with new "intelligent search" and "conversational search" features.

For instance, asking Bing, "Is cholesterol bad?" brings up different perspectives - so you can apply the searched information depending on your particular situation - rather than a black and white answer.

While on Bing search you will be able to discover AMA schedules and snapshots already completed by simply searching a person's name. Microsoft says it has teamed with Reddit and will, in cases where it is relevant, provide Reddit user posts in search results.

Microsoft Corp. today announced a partnership with mobile internet company Cheetah Mobile Inc.to add Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana to Cheetah's mobile launcher app CM Launcher, according to a press release made available to Mobile Marketer.

What's the AI connection to all this?

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Microsoft is simplifying Excel, demystifying corporate jargon and helping users avoid running late to meetings with the launch of new artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities in its Office 365 productivity suite.

With this Google integration, Cortana can now tell you about events on your calendar and add events to your calendar that include people in your contact list. Cortana will be able to sort emails and provide summaries of the most important ones from Outlook, Gmail and other accounts.

Microsoft is in a race with the tech giants to make its software smarter. The new Bing features are going to roll out first in the United States and in future, it will also be introduced to other markets.

We hope today's announcement is just the first step in exploring the opportunities to bring relevant content, communities, and insights from our users to brands and consumers alike. This will let users add a chart to a presentation without having to sift through email to find it.

Microsoft also announced improvements to its "Seeing AI" application that audibly assists visually impaired people. Reddit's UI is famously not that great on desktop, so Microsoft distilling the wall of text in a more effective manner is pretty essential.

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