It is designed to combine traditional search results with commands, application features and personalized results. The search box will be moved toOfficeThe central area of the application that allows Excel users to find commands and features in the results next to documents and other search results.
“We think this is one of the most profound changes we have made over time,”MicrosoftOffice Vice President Jeff Teper said in an interview. Microsoft's new search experience will perform contextual search based on the application and will even integrate third-party services in 2019.
First, Office.com and Bing will display the company's local sites, files, and contacts at the top of the search results. Next year, the Microsoft Office app will be updated to include navigation and commands in the search bar.
This search experience is a bit like Alfred for Mac, an app that lets you search from many applications and services and execute commands and quick queries.
In the past five years, Microsoft has been slowly pushing search and Bing into its applications andWindows10 operating systems, this new search experience seems to be the next logical step.
In addition to Office integration, Microsoft has built this new search experience into the default search for Windows 10. In the first half of 2019, Windows 10 Search will be updated to include local and organizational search results. This will become even more powerful once the first-party service and application connectors are launched in 2019.
If you are an Office 365 user, you can preview new Microsoft Search changes on Bing.com or Office.com. Microsoft Search in Office Search and Windows 10 will debut in the first half of 2019.