If there is one thing we all have in common, it’s the ridiculous amount of time we spend searching for things we need. Car keys, favourite shoes, phone chargers, the list goes on and on. The strange goings-on in this world can guarantee that something we placed somewhere the night before will not be there the following morning. I for one despise this phenomenon…

At least when we are looking for files and documents stored on a device, we can shift the pattern of blame away from ourselves entirely. We know it’s in there somewhere. All cozy and warm in the cloud or in a drive. It’s in there. It is. Isn’t it?…

Even then, we can spend an unholy amount of time searching and searching again and searching once more before crumbling into a heap on the floor with salty tears crashing down and causing electrical misfires on our laptop.

Microsoft knows this all too well, it seems. They have decided that searching for anything should be a health risk.

They have announced the expansion of the search function introduced to Office 365 last year by allowing users to search both inside and outside of Microsoft 365. By applying artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Bing to personalized insights surfaced by the Microsoft Graph, we are able to make searches even more effective.
With Microsoft Search, you can utilise organizational search experiences into the apps you use every day, including Bing and Windows.

Over the next few months, you’ll be able to use the following Search features:

• Search will move to a consistent place across the apps you work with every day. 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.

• Personalized results as soon as you click in the search box, such as people you share with the most and documents you were working on recently. No query is required to get suggestions.

• The search box itself will also command the application where you are working. For example, begin typing “acc” in Word to get list of suggested actions such as Accept Revision or Accessibility Checker. You no longer need to hunt through toolbars to look for a command.

• Search results will include results from across your organization. For example, within Word, you can find not only other Word documents, but also a presentation you were working on. You can navigate straight to that presentation or you can choose to incorporate slides from that file directly into your document.

• Extending that same organizational search experience wherever you are working—in Bing.com (when signed in with your Office 365 account), Edge or Windows. Search wherever you want to and get the same experience.

• Unified administration of your organizational search results, including admin-curated results such as bookmarks.

Now we probably don’t often let it filter into our conscious way of thinking, but we would all benefit from having specific, instant search results when we are working. If you think of how much time could potentially be saved over the course of a days or weeks, it surely makes Microsoft Search a key feature when using Microsoft 365. I have been guilty on many occasions of misplacing documents and forgetting file names. So, in these instances, searching for documents has been long-winded, laboured and downright frustrating. I’m delighted that Microsoft has streamlined the searching process across Microsoft 365.
Now we probably don’t often let it filter into our conscious way of thinking, but we would all benefit from having specific, instant search results when we are working. If you think of how much time could potentially be saved over the course of a days or weeks, it surely makes Microsoft Search a key feature when using Microsoft 365. I have been guilty on many occasions of misplacing documents and forgetting file names. So, in these instances, searching for documents has been long-winded, laboured and downright frustrating. I’m delighted that Microsoft has streamlined the searching process across Microsoft 365.

Search is available now and will be launched in Office and Windows in early 2019, so keep reading my articles for further announcements from Microsoft.

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