Microsoft Supercharges Search Across All Its Product With Microsoft Search

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Consumer Services, Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Windows, Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft is supercharging the search experience across all of its apps today. The company today launched Microsoft Search, a new experience powered by Microsoft Graph that will bring an intelligent search experience across all of the company’s apps — including Microsoft Edge, Bing.com, Office apps, and Windows 10.

Microsoft Search is mostly going to be useful for customers of Microsoft 365 and organizations using Office 365. Microsoft Search can surface search results from across your entire organization, regardless of where you are. This means you can access your organization’s data, like data on a team member, right from Bing.com, or using the search box in Windows 10.

Right now, the preview of Microsoft Search is available for Office and Bing on the web. Microsoft is, however, planning to bring Microsoft Search to Office apps and Windows 10 in the first half of 2019.

“Learning from your everyday work patterns and acting as a brain for your organization, the Microsoft Graph personalizes your experiences everywhere. We’re pulling together the power of the Microsoft Graph and AI technology from Bing to deliver future experiences that are more relevant to what you are working on,” the company said.

If you are a regular user, though, Microsoft Search probably won’t make a ton of difference. Yes, you may get more relevant results on Windows 10 or Office.com, but the main capabilities of Microsoft Search aren’t going to be all that useful as it’s mainly meant for business customers. Either way, it’s nice to see Microsoft integrating all of its products with a new prominent, consistent search experience.

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12 responses to “Microsoft Supercharges Search Across All Its Product With Microsoft Search”

  1. dcdevito

    So, just hit the Windows key, start typing [any company relevant info, indexed and searchable from MS enterprise products] and get results. That's really neat, I'd love to just search for people without having to bring up the Outlook Address Book.

    • bart

      In reply to dcdevito:

      Either that, or we might see the new "Search Box" appear in Windows 10 (the one that looks like the search experience on Mac, Spotlight I think it is called). Hopefully the next Insider build 19H1 will show this off

  2. FalseAgent

    who wants to bet that this ousts cortana from Windows 10?

    • Rob_Wade

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      I hope not, though. Cortana is really the only thing I want to use, across all platforms, period. And Microsoft seems hell-bent to NOT develop it, much less roll all these features into it.

      • VancouverNinja

        In reply to Rob_Wade:

        I think it is the opposite. Right now the media is biased towards the AIs they have personally been purchasing - it's a bit shameful. Cortana is being properly developed and MS is not rushing to throw out a bunch of gimmicky features. They are focused on productivity and rolling it out in a measured fashion. I am waiting on the next 6 -12 months to see what happens with it. We should have a very good idea if they are bringing us the best Voice AI solution that bridges productivity and consumer use or just productivity.

  3. m_p_w_84

    I used Outlook on the web via Office 365 for Business (an exchange account). I can't begin to describe how angry I get when I search for an email and it returns the 'Top Results' according to their algorithm; 'Top' according to what? How much I read them? What MS thinks of them? What MS thinks I want to read? They are not sorted by date. So occasionally I need to look for that 'one email' with a particular thing in, but if MS doesn't consider that to be a 'Top Result' it is impossible to find and its so infuriating they don't allow the results to be listed in any way other than their way. This makes me worry about what they're up to here.

  4. Rob_Wade

    So, what happened to Bing? What happened to Cortana? Can't Microsoft just stick with a specific back end? While the feature itself seems great, it's the fact that it's yet ANOTHER "thing" that for some reason had to be developed separately from other search "things" they're trying to market. This company is just out of control.

  5. bluvg

    Honestly, searching for the same things from the Win10 search widget seems kinda pointless to me for business users (the presumable target audience for this). They just don't initiate searches there. If they improve the search within the apps themselves, great. But Win10? A neat feature that will go largely unused.

  6. jblank46

    I hate to be that guy but fingers crossed it is better than the current Windows built in search. It works *most* of the time, but the times that it doesn't work it's always for something so obvious and ridiculous when it can't find it.


    Same goes for search in Outlook. I think better search combined with this refreshed UI across Office apps is a huge win for those of us leading Office 365 shops.

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