Microsoft Bulks Up Office 365's Intelligent Services
Researcher and Editor were just the start. Microsoft announces new intelligent services that assist users in creating professional-quality Office content.Microsoft isn't stopping at helping users produce polished Word documents and become better researchers with the company's new cloud-enabled intelligent services for Office 365. During its Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, the software giant took the wraps off new features that can slash the time it takes to create informative and professional-looking Office content. Among them is the Tap feature in Word and Outlook. Tap takes information from the Microsoft Graph, a machine-learning technology that surfaces relevant Office content, to recommend shared documents, documents, presentations or spreadsheets while users are composing a Word document or an email in Outlook. With a click, users can incorporate and edit the recommended content without leaving the application. The feature is available now to Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E5 customers (First Release, Current Channel). Microsoft is working on bringing the feature to PowerPoint and other apps, the company said. Another new feature, this time for Sway and PowerPoint, helps users "conquer the blank canvas," according to Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office.
"Powered by the Bing Knowledge Graph, QuickStarter in Sway and PowerPoint provides carefully curated outlines for any topic, including recommendations on information to include, categories to consider and associated images tagged with Creative Commons licenses," wrote Koenigsbauer in a Sept. 26 blog post. "This provides a solid starting point to then continue building the rest of your presentation."