Microsoft updates Bing with AI, Reddit partnership to make search results smarter

Microsoft to add new AI capabilities to its Office products revealing plans to add document translation intelligent-threat detection and shorthand recognition to Office 365

Microsoft says its search engine will now provide users with comprehensive and complete information on their search queries, thanks to its new AI-powered Intelligent Search features.

"It's not only that you see more answers pop up to the top of the search results, but you'll get more perspectives as well", Harry Shum, Microsoft's head of AI, said during an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The move also came at a time when the credibility of search engines has been called into question, due to a surge in fake news.

Fortunately, when it comes to debatable questions, Reddit users are routinely upvoting the best comments and downvoting the worst ones, he said.

Microsoft has taken the wraps off new artificial intelligence features for its search engine Bing, as well as Cortana and Office 365.

Bing's comparison answers are now being expanded beyond just products. "Often people are seeking answers that go beyond something that is a mathematical equation. We want to be able to frame those opinions and articulate them in a way that's also balanced and objective", Ribas added. Iraq, for instance, is described as "about equal to the size of California".

Now Microsoft is trying to apply that to other measurements, so that calories, for example, might also be expressed as something like minutes of running.

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The three new features build on what Microsoft has already introduced this month, including the Whiteboard app for Windows 10. Cortana will also leverage AI to provide summaries of your most important emails.

AI is also being integrated more deeply into Office with the spell checker getting smarter. That sounds a bit like the upcoming Sets, where Windows will link apps, such as Outlook and Calendar, within a single window.

Cortana will soon be able to deploy multiple skills at once to help you get things done - while Bing will provide more intelligent search results, offering multiple viewpoints on whatever you search for online. Microsoft showed a preview of Office Insights, which uses machine learning to analyze Excel spreadsheets and suggest charts or pivot tables based on the data.

Google Assistant performs in a similar way when you ask about flight prices; once it has answered your question, it will ask if you'd like to be emailed when the price for that route changes.

As a part of a related CSR initiative, Microsoft also announced it is contributing a sum of $50 million (roughly Rs. 321.4 crores) towards developing AI for the environmental systems globally.

In addition to the new Bing search capabilities, Microsoft said that it will increasingly offer artificial intelligence tools in its Office 365 product, enabling users to find text located within slides and images, hunt down the meaning of acronyms, pull up relevant docs without leaving the current one, find action items in emails, and more.

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