Microsoft ups its AI game for Bing, Cortana and Office 365

Angelica Greene
December 15, 2017

The company presented the ways in which it will use AI in its Bing search engine.

Microsoft has also landed its first partnership to integrate Cortana into a third-party Android launcher. Other new features added to the app include audible light detector. The goal of such is to use machine learning to help users improve productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

"If you use Bing or Google nowadays you recognize that more and more often you'll see direct answers on the top of search result pages", said, who leads Microsoft's 8,000-person research and AI division.

Microsoft's partnership with Reddit will benefit developers by bringing the Reddit data and API to Power BI, helping get a comprehensive business module to utilize Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence.

If you need more details, check out the following spi, er, information: AI features in Office 365, Cortana updates, improved Bing search and adverts, tweaks to its AI-app-for-the-blind, eco-warrior neural networks, Redmond getting into AI healthcare, and computer-aided photo search.

Lastly, Microsoft has added some new AI features to make Bing more conversational.

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Additionally, the company announced new features added to the "Seeing AI" app on iOS and demonstrated AI's integration with products, like HoloLens and customers, including Cheetah Mobile, UPS and Equadex.

The CEO announced that partnership with Bing will benefit both parties since Reddit is having the largest database of verified answers and will be an unbelievable resource to Bing. Microsoft noted that this feature makes use of the state of the art in machine reading comprehension, backed by Project Brainwave running on Intel's FPGAs, to read and analyze billions of documents to understand the web.

For Office 365 users, Microsoft is launching a preview of Insights in Excel, which can automatically seek out and highlight patterns that it detects.

For example, if you buy tickets for an event through Cortana, it will suggest that you also place a reminder about the event in your digital calendar.

Additional Office 365 features include figuring out what acronyms mean in Word documents by searching through emails and other documents, and being able to look through other Office files without leaving your current document. New Office 365 AI capabilities this month help subscribers discover insights from data, leverage organizational knowledge, arrive on time for events, and more. When you have a meeting or appointment coming up, Outlook will send a notification to alert you when it's time to leave. The new functionality will now allow for the automatic extraction of searchable text from images.

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