Microsoft announces combined Bing, Windows 10, Edge, and Office search engine
Tech giant Microsoft is implementing a unified search system across its various software products.
Microsoft Search is a new initiative by Microsoft to merge and incorporate the search results of their products across several sectors into one unified service. This includes the search results from its Bing search engine, as well as the results from searching on a Windows 10 desktop or an installation of Microsoft Office.
The first steps for this search unification is to make the search bar placement consistent across all of Microsoft's services. As Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for OneDrive, SharePoint, and Office Jeff Teper puts it:
From Outlook to PowerPoint, Excel to Sway, OneNote to Microsoft Teams, Office.com to SharePoint, the search bar will be in the same place—across desktop, mobile, and web.
These results will also include content from the organization the user's Windows 10 PC or Office installation belongs to.
As for a time table for Microsoft Search's availability, it is currently available on Microsoft Bing, Office.com, and the mobile apps for Outlook and Microsoft SharePoint. Teper also states that Microsoft Search will be implemented in all versions of the Microsoft 365 (Office) as well as Windows 10 in the first half of 2019.
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Bing (formerly Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search) is the current web search engine (advertised as a "decision engine") from Microsoft.