Reddit and Microsoft in AI partnership

14 December, 2017, 14:46 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Microsoft AI chief Harry Shum

New hands-free, eyes-free capabilities were added to Cortana to help with email and calendar management as well as the new Skills Suggestion and Chaining capabilities, giving Cortana the ability to understand users' overall intent and offer the next most relevant skill.

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.

Microsoft is hoping to push its search engine harder in the war against Google, with the fresh introduction of new AI features for Bing, along with a partnership with Reddit.

Microsoft's Bing search engine is partnering with Reddit to bring more detailed answers to your queries.

As an example, Bing will now provide more than one reputable source to validate its answers so that users can have more confidence in their authenticity. Once Microsoft's updates start to kick in, Bing will be able to pull bits of information from more than one source and show them alongside one another above results, so that users can see both angles without having to dig through a list of links.

The example given was cholesterol - when asking in Bing whether it is bad, the search engine can provide results with different perspectives, helping users make informed opinions and get well-rounded info.

Bing pro-kale vs anti-kale
Microsoft's Kristin Behr shows how Bing search results show different views on kale- beyond"yuck. Stephen Shankland CNET

Shum was seen not over-promising Bing's new features as a remedy for fake news flooding the internet.

These new features will be rolling out over coming days and weeks.

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.

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. The integration of Cortana into Cheetah Mobile Inc.'s CM Launcher will provide voice control features like making calls, searching the web and more. It also is introducing a preview of Office Insights that relies on machine learning to analyze Excel spreadsheet data to create pivot tables, charts and other easy-to-digest analytical information.

Acronyms, which will roll out to Word Online for Office 365 commercial subscribers in 2018, leans on the Microsoft Graph to find and reveal the definitions of terms from previous emails and documents. Outlook will helpfully surface driving and transit directions, along with an ETA based on your current location.


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