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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 Wants Regulation For Facial Recognition Technology To Start in 2019

Microsoft is one of several companies playing a leading role in developing facial recognition technology

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Given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019, Microsoft President Brad Smith has said.

“Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” warned Smith in a blog post on Thursday.

“The time for action has arrived,” he said, adding that the industry must also exercise restraint while using this technology.

Speaking of the benefits of the technology, the Microsoft President mentioned that police in New Delhi recently trialled facial recognition technology and identified almost 3,000 missing children in four days.

Similarly, historians in the US have used the technology to identify the portraits of unknown soldiers in Civil War photographs taken in the 1860s.

Researchers successfully used facial recognition software to diagnose a rare, genetic disease in Africans, Asians and Latin Americans.

And in October, the National Australia Bank designed a proof of concept to enable customers to withdraw money from an Automatic Teller Machine using facial recognition and a PIN.

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But at the same time, the potential for abuse of this technology is huge, Smith said, adding that certain uses of this technology could lead to biased decisions and discrimination.

Moreover, the widespread use of this technology can lead to new intrusions into people’s privacy, he said.

“The use of facial recognition technology by a government for mass surveillance can encroach on democratic freedoms,” Smith added.

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“While we believe that new laws and regulations are indispensable, we also recognise that they are not a substitute for the responsibility that needs to be exercised by tech companies,” he said.

Microsoft is one of several companies playing a leading role in developing facial recognition technology.

The company, Smith said, would start adopting new principles to manage the issues surrounding facial recognition technology in the first quarter of 2019. (IANS)