Microsoft is giving Bing more intelligence-and a dash of Reddit

Herbert Rhodes
December 14, 2017

Adding Cortana will give CM Launcher users the ability to make hands-free calls, create events, read news headlines, translate and search the web.

Microsoft Corp. today announced a partnership with mobile internet company Cheetah Mobile add Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana to Cheetah's mobile launcher app CM Launcher, according to a press release made available to Mobile Marketer.

At Microsoft's AI conference in San Francisco, the company revealed that Bing would be graced with new "intelligent search" and "conversational search" features.

If chatty electronic personal assistants are more your drug, Microsoft has packed a number of new features into Cortana. "Our goal with Microsoft Cortana is to provide intelligent assistance to help people achieve more while doing less, across their work and personal lives".

The updates for Microsoft's search engine will allow it to make better use of machine learning, object recognition and various other AI techniques. "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.

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They can also search for general things affixed with the tag "reddit", and if there are relevant Reddit conversations, answers from various Reddit users will pop up in the form of a snippet.

Though Google dominates search engine activity in the U.S., Microsoft still handles more than 20 percent of search queries in the U.S.

These new features will be rolling out over coming days and weeks. Users can now search for images within images - and even buy items they find there, such as jewelry worn by a celebrity.

For Office 365 users, Microsoft is launching a preview of Insights in Excel, which can automatically seek out and highlight patterns that it detects.

Starting next month, Cortana will be able to sort emails across Outlook and Gmail, and offer voice-spoken summaries of the most important ones. 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". However, you can download the beta version from here in order to get early an access to the features. It will take into account your current location, the event location and real-time traffic information and provide both public transit and driving directions. Tap - a new feature in Word - will help users to find relevant documents, spreadsheets and other relevant information without having to exit a Word document.

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