What Is Microsoft Search?

The company's unified search could be a game changer

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From the Office suite and the Sharepoint mobile app to Outlook and Bing.com, Microsoft Search aims to anticipate your needs with minimal input. The function works best among Microsoft business services, allowing companies, schools, and organization to take advantage of the AI-based technology to keep colleagues and partners connected.

Microsoft Search Works Best on Windows Accounts

You'll want to use Microsoft Search with either a Microsoft account like Outlook, SharePoint, or Office 365, or with a Windows 10 computer, laptop, or tablet for the best productivity experience.

In particular, users must be signed into a Microsoft account to use the search function in Bing. Using Microsoft's computer programs and mobile apps will have the search function baked right in. Users can even access Microsoft Search from their Windows 10 taskbar, giving their entire business or personal ecosystem an intuitive and contextualized touch.

Microsoft Search Syncs Across Platforms

Much like Apple's continuity function, Microsoft Search allows users to have the same data collecting experience across all of its platforms, including desktop, mobile, and web. The search bar looks the same on all platforms and search results can be saved and pulled up on other platforms. Search results can also be set to populate for several users within a business or organization.

Microsoft Search Requires Administration Configuration

While Microsoft Search is intended to add ease to office productivity, it does require some administrative customization to fit the exact business or organization that will use it. While basic set up of Microsoft Search is fairly simple, there are many Power Apps like Slack, SQL Servers, and DropBox that admins can add for further customization of a company's ecosystem. Admins can also put up custom colors and logos for their company's Microsoft Search experience.

Microsoft Search Works With the Trusted Cloud

Microsoft's Trust Cloud works with its Azure Active Directory authentication to populate results for search users. This means the method of searching is different from the mechanisms powering the public Bing search, thereby adding security to Microsoft Search and increasing business user's confidence in the product.

Best Uses for Microsoft Search

If you're set on using Microsoft Search, here are some of the best uses for it:

  • Contacts and Meetings: Find contact information, details on upcoming meetings with colleagues, shared internal documents, group memberships, etc.
  • Group information: Find details about groups within an organization, the people within certain groups, and the content shared between specific groups.
  • Documents: Find internal documents, resources, and tools, as well as track down documents and files created by you, colleagues, or group members
  • SharePoint sites: Locate SharePoint websites you've created or those created by colleagues or group members.
  • Save conversations: Find your one-on-one conversation with colleagues, as well as chats in Microsoft Teams or Microsoft Yammer.
  • Get Directions: Search for locations and directions for buildings, offices, campuses.