Office 365 – Microsoft Search is available for Bing search – Allows our Office 365 users, groups, SharePoint documents and sites, conversation from Microsoft Teams, Conversation from yammer on Bing.com. – Part 1

Hi All,

Today, in this article we will discuss new Office 365 rolled out feature – “Microsoft Search”.

In last month, there is one message in message center, “Microsoft Search is now available for your organization” as shown in below figure. Since this is major update, bit curious to get the details what is this new future.

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Figure 1: Office 365 – Microsoft Search feature is now available

You might have also received the mail as

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Figure 2: Office 365 – Microsoft Search – Notification on email

Before going into more details I’ll go with example so no more confusion/suspense 🙂 When I turn on “Microsoft Search” in my organization, I could search our Office 365 users, groups, SharePoint documents and sites, conversation from Microsoft Teams, Conversation from yammer on Bing.com.

Let’s open the bing.com in browser and sign in – assuming I have turned on “Microsoft Search” setting for my tenant as

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Figure 3:Office 365 – Opening bing.com and signing with my Office 365 account

Sign in to bing.com with our Office 365 account as

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Figure 4:Office 365 – signing with Office 365 account to bing.com

Here, knowledgejunction.onmicrosoft.com is my test tenant and user is prasham@ knowledgejunction.onmicrosoft.com. Next it will prompt for Password, please enter the password.

Then I searched for my user and it shown all the details as

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Figure 5: Office 365 – Microsoft Search in Bing – Searching for user Prasham

And results are

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Figure 6: Office 365 – Microsoft Search in Bing – My Office 365 user search result

Here also notice, it brings tabs also in top like All results, People, Files, Sites and Conversation. If we click on each tab, we will see result related to those.

For example:  Result from Sites

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Figure 7: Office 365 – Microsoft Search – Result for Sites for user Prasham

If I click on “All results” it will show the results from all the tabs

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Figure 8: Office 365 – Microsoft Search in Bing – All results

This all result is permission based and secured. We control all the settings like what should be shown in result and for which users this result needs to be shown and so on. We will see all the details in next article.

If “Microsoft Search” feature is turned off and still, we will try to login to bing.com it throws an error as

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Figure 9: Office 365 – Microsoft Search in Bing – Login failure in case “Microsoft Search” setting is turned off

“Microsoft Search” tenant level setting: This is tenant level setting. By default setting is turned off. This option is under “Services & add-ins” as

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Figure 10: Office 365 – Microsoft Search – Tenant level option

I’ll stop here in this article, tomorrow in next article I’ll explain the admin dashboard for Microsoft Search feature and various settings.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Keep reading, share your thoughts, experiences. Feel free to contact us to discuss more. If you have any suggestion / feedback / doubt, you are most welcome.

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