Bing already allows you to ask a question and get instant answers. For example, “who is the President of the United States” or “the tallest building in the world”, will give you Barack Obama and Burj Khalifa as answers. Microsoft is combining conversational understanding with their knowledge repository containing information on billions of people, places and things, you can dive and learn more about a topic or interest. With today’s update, apart from the answer you get directly in the search results, Bing will also continue the conversation.  For example, you can ask “who is the president of the united states”, we will show you the answer.  From there you might ask, “who is his wife” or “how tall is he.”   Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward. Read more at Bing blogs. ...

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When patents published by Microsoft become public, most of them will provide a hint on the future of product releases. In some cases like this, Microsoft tries patent the existing stuff. With this patent, Microsoft is trying to patent conversation based grouping in email. Abstract: Described are embodiments for displaying groups of communications, such as messages, as a conversation. Conversations are groups of communications that can be traced back as related to an original communication. The embodiments allow a user to select a conversation mode for displaying communications, e.g., messages, as conversations. In response to the user’s selection, embodiments provide for displaying a graphical element associated with a conversation. The graphical element can be selected to display the messages associated with the conversation. Additionally, embodiments provide for selecting a conversation and applying actions to the conversation, resulting in the application of the action to the messages that are associated with ...

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