Microsoft unveils Project Cortex to turn your Microsoft 365 content into a knowledge network

Today at its Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, Microsoft announced Project Cortex, its first new Microsoft 365 service since Teams. The idea is that it can take all of your Microsoft 365 content and turn it into "an interactive knowledge repository".

Cortex will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to take data from your organization and organize it, into topics like customers and projects. This knowledge network can be shared across the organization, and this can be done via topic cards and topic pages.

The service will identify data from across your Microsoft 365 apps, including Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and other Office apps. Naturally, all of this can be integrated into Microsoft Search, which is also getting some improvements today, unsurprisingly.

Search is picking up integration with content outside of Microsoft 365, with over 100 new connectors. Developers can also use new Microsoft Graph APIs to build their own apps with Search.

Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting tighter integration with Microsoft Search, which is a different thing. You'll be able to access Search in the Bing app on your mobile phone, so you'll have better access to your companies data.

As far as Project Cortex goes, that's in private preview now, and it will be generally available in 2020.

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