How do you make something that is already smart, smarter? Well, by making the experience more natural, of course! This is exactly what Microsoft have done with the integrated search engine inside Windows 8.1.
Bing, obviously, still powers this feature of the company’s newest operating system.
But the company has given this facet of Windows 8.1 the weightiest update since released back in October. These new improvements, Microsoft says, are designed to make it easier for users to find answers to common questions.
The official Bing blog shared the details:
“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.”
These new changes, as you can see, make it possible for users to search more naturally — instead of typing short search queries, and somewhat vague terms, they can now input questions and phrases explaining the task they want to perform.
I have only one thing to say about this. What took this so long?!
Microsoft have also fixed some of the spelling mistakes that existed in Smart Search on its newest operating system and the entire process should now be much smoother.
This new update is set to be delivered to Windows 8.1 devices sometime this week, desktop and tablet both, so if you are yet to see this, just give it a few more hours.