Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Microsoft adds AI features, Reddit partnership to Bing search engine

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Terence Owen | 14 December, 2017, 14:21

"The integration of Cortana and CM Launcher allows more mobile users access to Cortana to help them get things done wherever they are", said Jordi Ribas, Corporate Vice President of AI Products at Microsoft.

Microsoft on Wednesday said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a much bigger role in some of the latest updates brought to the Bing search engine. "This is the first search partnership of its kind and includes three experiences; Reddit Responses, Reddit Community Results and Reddit AMA Discovery, with more to come", the company said.

Microsoft tapped Reddit, which has a huge library of content produced from 330 million users - many of whom are constantly debating various topics. The announcement was made at San Francisco by CEO Alexis Ohanian confirming the partnership with both Microsoft and Bing. It will do this by adding prompts to extract more information from the users.

Reddit is home to the most engaging and authentic conversations online with more than 2.5 million comments per day across 138,000 active communities.

The enhancements to Bing don't stop there.

To find the appropriate perspectives, Bing is using neural networks -AI-driven computer systems based on human brains- to search for possible answers across multiple authoritative sources.

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Bing's new updates are created to boost confidence in users that search results are correct and that they need not click on multiple links to validate the information themselves.

The partnership is also focused on taking the detailed, highly-localized info from Reddit posts and funneling it into Bing searches so that users with similar prompts can be given more nuanced answers. Or it'll tell you that Pakistan is about twice the size of California, as opposed to simply saying it covers an area of 307,000 square miles.

"Often people are seeking answers that go beyond something that is a mathematical equation".

Intelligent features in the all new Photos app for Windows 10 make it easier to manage, search and create videos to bring your memories to life. "We want to be able to frame those opinions and articulate them in a way that's also balanced and objective".

Starting next month, Cortana will be able to sort emails across Outlook and Gmail, and offer voice-spoken summaries of the most important ones. Microsoft also is adding "skills chaining" to Cortana, enabling Cortana not just to book tickets but to also subsequently add an event to a user's calendar.

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