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.
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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.
<p>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. </p>