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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 Profits Rises by 14 Percent Making its Value Close in Trillion Dollar Mark

Profits in the quarter to March 31 rose 19 percent to $8.8 billion on revenues of $30.8 billion, an increase of 14 percent from the same period a year earlier

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

Microsoft said profits climbed in the past quarter on its cloud and business services as the U.S. technology giant saw its market value close in on the trillion-dollar mark.

Profits in the quarter to March 31 rose 19 percent to $8.8 billion on revenues of $30.8 billion, an increase of 14 percent from the same period a year earlier. Microsoft shares gained some 3% in after-hours trade, pushing it closer to $1 trillion in value.

It ended the session Wednesday with a market valuation of some $960 million, just behind Apple but ahead of Amazon.

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Profits in the quarter to March 31 rose 19 percent to $8.8 billion on revenues of $30.8 billion, an increase of 14 percent from the same period a year earlier. Pixabay

In the fiscal third quarter, Microsoft showed its reliance on cloud computing and other business services which now drive its earnings, in contrast to its earlier days when it focused on consumer PC software.

“Leading organizations of every size in every industry trust the Microsoft cloud,” chief executive Satya Nadella said in a statement.

Commercial cloud revenue rose 41% from a year ago to $9.6 billion, which now makes up nearly a third of sales, Microsoft said.

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Microsoft shares gained some 3% in after-hours trade, pushing it closer to $1 trillion in value. Pixabay

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Some $10.2 billion in revenue came from the “productivity and business services” unit which includes its Office software suite for both consumers and enterprises, and the LinkedIn professional social network.

The “more personal computing” unit which includes its Windows software, Surface devices and gaming operations generated $10.6 billion in the quarter. (VOA)