Microsoft Updates Bing Smart Search In Windows With Natural Language Query Support

Bing Smart Search

Microsoft today announced that they are bringing improvements to Bing Smart Search in Windows 8.1 devices. Bing Smart Search allows you to swipe or type from the start screen to find what you need – whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, your favorite app, or a website. Today, Microsoft is adding natural language capabilities to this search experience. For example, when you search for ‘install a printer’, you will have related Device Settings in the search results.

Search More Naturally

Have you ever tried to get something done on your device but you weren’t exactly sure what you were looking for? For instance, how do I take a screenshot or how do set-up a printer? Based on the most common tasks people perform on Windows 8, we are taking steps to allow Smart Search to showcase results based on natural language understanding. Now when I search for “install a printer”, Smart Search will show me that the function resides within “Device Settings” so I can take action with a simple click.

Also, they have done additional work to improve common spelling mistakes in the Smart Search bar and to showcase more apps that might be relevant to your search. You just need to keep your Windows up-to-date, to start enjoying this feature.

Source: Bing

  • Bugbog

    I’d like it if they brought back the Charm app search functionality.

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      That’s already an option, you can search in-app, I just forgot how, I believe it was in that arrow pointing down. :-)

      • Bugbog

        Nope. It was diminished to about 10% in 8.1, and now in Update 1 it is gone entirely.

  • Drewidian

    I wonder if this is the beginning of Cortana on Windows….

    • Willem Evenhuis

      Wouldn’t be surprised if it was. And an interesting way to push doubters and haters to updating to windows 8.1 update 1, me included!

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    It’s great to see Bing innovating, Bing is improving day-by-day, and it’s already a sizable alternate to the dominant search engine, it won’t take long until it’s better overall, though in Translating it still lacks. (–_–) That aside purely as a search engine there is little to no differences between Scroogle and Bing. :-)

    • Radek

      Yeah, translation is worse but I have to say all of a sudden a few months ago it improved dramatically. At least for Polish.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    Does it also work offline. I’m concerned about privacy issues. How can Bing Smart Search see my files all of a sudden?????

  • HoppITUp

    I would like to see a search like this implemented in SharePoint. The SharePoint 2010 default search is probably the worst search I have ever tried to use.