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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 And NASA Come Together to Make A New Spacecraft

Microsoft said that NASA was using the HoloLens to find the best places on Mars to build bases.

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Engineers at American aerospace company Lockheed Martin are using Microsoft mixed reality smartglass HoloLens to build NASA’s Orion spacecraft designed to transport humans to destinations such as the Moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth, the MIT Technology Review reported.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building NASA’s Orion spaceship.

The technicians at the firm use the HoloLens to learn a task or check the directions in 15-minute increments rather than for a constant feed of instructions.

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For the team constructing the heat shield skeleton of Orion, the new technology takes the place of a 1,500-page binder full of written work instructions, thereby helping them to perform tasks faster, said the report on Tuesday.

NASA’s partnership with Microsoft on HoloLens is not new.

In 2015, the US space agency announced that it was teaming up with the software giant to develop Sidekick, a new project using commercial technology to empower astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Sidekick uses Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working off the Earth, for the Earth. A pair of the devices was launched to the ISS on December 6, 2015.

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In 2017, Microsoft said that NASA was using the HoloLens to find the best places on Mars to build bases that would one day house astronauts exploring the planet.

Rather than putting users in a fully computer-generated world, as virtual reality does, HoloLens allows users to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them. (IANS)

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