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Microsoft Search is the new effort to fight Google

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Microsoft Search was introduced – or re-introduced – with an eye on searching everywhere, in all things, at all times. This is Microsoft’s biggest effort to take on Google and its all-in integration of services, but with Microsoft’s strong points. That means search in Office 365 documents as well as on-machine and on the web. 

This is Microsoft’s clearest play for Google’s ever-growing power over search for all internet-connected consumers. Microsoft suggests this new “Microsoft Search” experience will reach across apps and across information systems. That includes the following, so far – with more on the way.

Microsoft Search works in / searches through:

  • Bing
  • Excel
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Mobile
  • Office.com
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • SharePoint
  • Sway
  • Web (Edge)
  • Windows desktop
  • Yammer

Search boxes for Microsoft Search will appear in “the same spot” wherever you’re working. That’ll mean a significant redesign of several major apps and UIs in Microsoft’s software universe. Users will find this search spot available online and offline – but it’ll be mostly made for online results.


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