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Microsoft Introduces AI and Enhances Bing, Cortana, and Office 365 with New Features.

15 Dec 2017

Carmel De Rosario

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Microsoft is seriously building them up to reach the highest heights as was showcased in a Microsoft event held in San Francisco a few days back. Incorporating AI into search engines like Bing and Cortana and others, in order to boost user experience by making ‘intelligent answers’ to questions or statements made by users.

The idea behind this is to make sure, in these times when the internet is the most used knowledge source, that users may be able to find specific relevant and properly answered information.

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In Bing new features include having more than one perspective in answers that means providing two or more separate perspectives to the one question asked. Microsoft’s website tells users that with Bing they want to provide the best results from the overall web. Forming an alliance with Reddit for their conversations and communities with which they plan to use opinions from this source as results when appropriate. The CEO of Reddit thinks that together they could “actually handle complicated, nuanced questions.”

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Cortana which is Microsoft’s virtual assistant has now developed in relation to the Bing and Reddit association and Bing’s overall growth which allows Cortana to now provide more useful information for web assistance.   At the event they demonstrated some of Cortana updated features including sorting through emails and finding important ones and she also has ‘skill chaining’ where she helps you plan things by joining separate things for example asking you if she should add a reminder on the date for an event that you have booked tickets through her.

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For Office 365 which mostly every person that has a computer around the globe uses, has also advanced its features. New features like ‘Tap for word’ which allows you to access documents related to the document you are currently working on without closing or minimizing it. Another feature allows you to figure out full forms of acronyms that you may not know the meaning of while reading office documents. In Excel, plans are made to use AI to analyze sheets and auto create flow charts and graphs according to the documents given info.




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