Search is the ‘killer app’ of the information age. It helps us deal with the mountain of information we need to be across everyday. The problem with search is that firstly you have to know what you are looking for and secondly you have specifically ask for it.
What if you could have information relevant to you pushed to you directly and rated for suitability. In todays connected world this is becoming possible. For example, if you attend a meeting with a colleague which was shared in your calendars, how cool would it be for something to push you information that the other party found interesting? The reason this takes place is because the system knows you both attended a meeting together.
Expand this into the realm of document usage, browsing habits, social media interaction and location data. You can then start building up a pretty powerful picture of the information that should be relevant to you. If the system also learned what information you actually read and rated it would gather even more information about what is relevant to you.
Microsoft is starting to build such technology into something known as the ‘Office Graph’ which is currently codenamed Oslo. You can learn about this technology in this blog post:
The video in the blog post is well worth watching to get a better idea of where Microsoft is heading with all of this technology.
What makes this so powerful is that it returns results from inside your business as well as the Internet. It allows you to see what your colleagues are working on, what they are contributing to and so forth. It marks a new way to think about information and how collaboration is achieved within a business.
The great thing is that we can expect to see this technology being rolled out before the end of the year, with Office 365 clients expected to see it deployed first. If you want to see the future of intelligent search, read the blog post and watch the video and let us know what you think.