Today at Microsoft AI conference, Everyday AI, Microsoft publicly announced many new upcoming features coming to Bing, Cortana and Office based on AI technology.
Microsoft’s search engine, Bing would get smarter in finding the result for your query with support from AI. Not only it would retrieve the answer to your question, it would also compare the possible positive side and negative side for such questions. In the image below, you could see that asking “is coffee bad for me” brings you both the sides of consumption of caffeine, a distinction between good and bad which only AI could achieve.
Through machine learning, Bing will also be able to provide more information to users via prompts. The suggestion will be based on your recent search history and will be helpful when you’re not sure enough what you’re looking for.
Reddit, a social networking website will now be working closely with Microsoft to use its AI tools. Reddit, an extensive mine of data will use AI technology to transform it into useful information. This information will power Bing to provide more detailed results, such as showing recent AMA Q&As for prominent personalities, retrieving subreddit related to query and answers to question from popular Reddit threads.
— Reddit (@reddit) December 13, 2017
Cortana, which is already an AI-based assistant, will get smarter with coming features. She’ll now be able to sort your inbox and provide the summary for the important ones. She’ll not only book your tickets but also add the dates to calendar thanks to “skill chaining” feature coming to Cortana soon. Cortana just extended its support to Gmail and Google Calendar to appeal to more users.
Microsoft will be releasing preview for Office Insights that relies on machine learning to analyze Excel spreadsheet data to create pivot tables, charts, and other easy-to-digest analytical information. Word Online will soon get an Acronym extension that’ll help you expand abbreviation specific to your organisation by sifting through your documents.
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