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AI Capabilities Incorporated in ‘Search’ Feature of Microsoft 365

Microsoft introduced personalized search across Office 365 at "Ignite" last year

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Microsoft on Monday announced to expand its personalised “Search” feature for both inside and outside “Microsoft 365” by incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to make organisational search more effective and the results more accurate.

“Microsoft 365” is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) solutions by the tech giant, sold on a subscription basis.

The “Microsoft Search” capability is a feature that intelligently helps users find, discover, command and navigate across an organisation’s network of data.

“Our vision is a cohesive and coherent search capability, prominent in every experience, providing the way to search across all your organisation’s data — both inside and outside of ‘Microsoft 365’,” the company said as it kicked off the annual “Ignite 2018” conference here.

As part of the announcement, “Microsoft Search” would now be available on the company’s web search engine “Bing”, “Office” suite and “SharePoint” mobile app — a web-based collaborative platform used for integration with “Office” and “Outlook” mobile app.

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The tech giant said in the first half of 2019, the “Office” suite-wide “Search” feature would expand in Windows to allow users perform local and organisational searches concerned with people, flie locations and more.

“In 2019, we will build native connectors for popular third-party applications that will surface search results in line with Microsoft data into all the search experiences including Office, Windows, Edge and Bing.com, allowing admins to select the connectors they wish to use for their organisations,” said the company.

With this facility, Microsoft plans to give organisations the ability to customise search sources, show search results with custom refiners across verticals and alter the display of information appearances in result pages.

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“Using machine reading comprehension technology is just one of the many ways we’ll be continuously improving ‘Microsoft Search’ in the future,” the company said.

Microsoft introduced personalized search across Office 365 at “Ignite” last year. (IANS)

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Microsoft to Implement California’s Digital Privacy Law Throughout the US

The European Union last year rolled out new privacy regulations for its citizens called the GDPR, but the US doesn't have a similar law

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

Microsoft has announced to implement California’s digital privacy law, that comes into effect from January 1, 2020, throughout the US.

In a blog post, the tech giant said the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) marks an important step towards providing people with more robust control over their data in the US.

“It also shows that we can make progress to strengthen privacy protections in this country at the state level even when Congress can’t or won’t act,” Julie Brill, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, said on Monday.

The CCPA allows people to request that data be deleted and gives them the opportunity to opt out of having their information sold to a third party.

In 2018, Microsoft voluntarily extended the core data privacy rights included in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to customers around the world, not just to those in the EU who are covered by the regulation.

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FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

“Similarly, we will extend CCPA’s core rights for people to control their data to all our customers in the US,” it said.

More than 25 million people around the world, including over 10 million people in the US, have used Microsoft’s privacy dashboard to understand and control their personal data.

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Under CCPA, companies must be transparent about data collection and use, and provide people with the option to prevent their personal information from being sold.

“Microsoft will continue to monitor those changes, and make the adjustments needed to provide effective transparency and control under CCPA to all people in the US,” Brill said.

The European Union last year rolled out new privacy regulations for its citizens called the GDPR, but the US doesn’t have a similar law. (IANS)