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Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google

14 December 2017

Microsoft's partnership with Reddit will benefit developers by bringing the Reddit data and API to Power BI, helping get a comprehensive business module to utilize Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence. The hope is that Microsoft, lacking a credible smartphone OS of its own, will instead be able to battle the likes of Google and Apple by playing up integration with Windows and Office 365.

To ensure users are comfortable with the search results they receive from Bing, the search engine will now show multiple perspectives and multiple sources, culled from a list of preapproved news sources. Microsoft's "skill chaining", meanwhile, offers suggestions based on certain actions. For example, if you use the assistant to buy tickets, it will suggest adding the event to your calendar, according to the release. That feature is simply enough called Acronyms. With the partnership with Microsoft, Reddit is expected to utilize the AI expertise along with Reddit data.

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Insights is powered by machine learning and helps users identify trends, outliers, and other useful visualisations. Developers on Azure, with these two new features, will now have extended capabilities to build models that detect when users have interactions with bots. Text in image search is now rolling out and will be available to all Office 365 commercial subscribers by the end of December. Office Insiders will be seeing this feature later in December, experiencing the power of machine learning first hand as the feature gets used by more customers. Also powered by machine learning, Microsoft says this feature can "help people understand shorthand by leveraging the Microsoft Graph to surface definitions of terms that have been previously defined".

Additional Office 365 features include figuring out what acronyms mean in Word documents by searching through emails and other documents, and being able to look through other Office files without leaving your current document. The company has made a decision to expand this set of AI-powered tools by bringing Cortana to the Outlook mobile app to help users better manage their schedules throughout the day.

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AI is also being integrated more deeply into Office with the spell checker getting smarter. When you have a meeting or appointment coming up, Outlook will send a notification to alert you when it's time to leave.

Earlier this year, we introduced the ability for OneDrive and SharePoint to automatically recognize the content within images and detect whiteboards, screenshots, receipts, and more. The new functionality will now allow for the automatic extraction of searchable text from images.

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Intelligent Image search, as the name suggests, lets people search for something within an image.

Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google