At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, the Redmond, Washington-based company revealed that Bing now has the ability to measure how many reputable sources are behind a given answer, as well as summarize opposing perspectives to contentious questions. Microsoft says its search engine will now provide users with comprehensive and complete information on their search queries, thanks to its new AI-powered Intelligent Search features.
The updates for Microsoft's search engine will allow it to make better use of machine learning, object recognition and various other AI techniques. It works by providing users with another skill that is linked to the Cortana action that you have prompted.
Microsoft is continuing to infuse more AI smarts into its Bing web search, Cortana digital assistant and Office 365 services.
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In addition, users can refine search results if they need help to zero in on certain answers, as Bing will now ask clarifying questions.
Another new feature is "perspective engine" (pictured in main image) which will make sense of numbers or countries with similar comparisons, for example, the number of calories in an ice cream or the size of Afghanistan.
Intelligent Image Search is a pretty interesting evolution, allowing users to dive into searches so that you cannot only find a photo of a celebrity but you can find more images of a piece of jewelry they are wearing. By providing the posts within Bing results, users can find relevant user conversations on their topic of interest without taking the additional step of searching Reddit specifically.
Insights is powered by machine learning and helps users identify trends, outliers, and other useful visualisations.
Shum was seen not over-promising Bing's new features as a remedy for fake news flooding the internet. However, Microsoft did score a coup: it landed its first deal to integrate Cortana into a third-party Android launcher, in this case Cheetah Mobile's CM Launcher. Microsoft said the Office suite will be better able to pull content across multiple documents (for example, looking up a definition or the meaning of acronym on another OneDrive document). This feature will roll out to Word Online for Office 365 commercial subscribers in 2018.