Microsoft is all set to pair up its personal assistant Cortana with the academic world. The company today announced that it will convert its existing Academic Search tool to a new service that will empower academic researchers determine what data goes through Bring and Cortana.
In a blog post by Microsoft Research’s managing editor Rob Knies, wrote, “The addition of the academic data to Bing will make that service even more robust — and will help make Cortana the best personal assistant for researchers.”
The move is likely to make things a lot more beneficial to academicians as far as taking help of technology in the field of research is concerned. It will also help Microsoft powered Cortana running in specific areas where researchers are in large numbers, especially China and the US.
Apple started with mobile virtual assistants with Siri on the iPhone 4S. Google came up with its own version of a virtual assistant in the form of Google Now. Microsoft’s answer to these two is Cortana. While Apple and Google continue to push updates to their virtual assistant services, Microsoft is looking to exploring other key areas where it can bring in the out of the box factor to its virtual assistant.
Making its virtual assistant smarter is certainly the way to go for the software giant. Consumers tend to compare key features on a smartphone platform, and virtual assistants are going to be a major deciding factor going forward.
Microsoft’s Athima Chansanchai writes on the Microsoft blog, “This fall, Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, will be smarter than ever with academic data powered by Bing. This addition to Bing will make that service even more robust — and will help make Cortana the best personal assistant for researchers.”
The new functionality is huge step forward for Microsoft Academic Search. The project has been an area where the company has invested a lot of resources for research ideas in the fields of data mining and visualization. Making such information a part of its Bing search results is a major step forward towards making search, and connected services a lot smarter in the near future.
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