A decade after Microsoft’s Office XP launched, the company has been left scrambling to find new ways to retrieve documents stored on hard drives.
The latest example comes in the form of Microsoft’s own search engine, Bing, which is no longer available in Microsoft Word.
As part of its effort to streamline the document search process, Microsoft announced in June that Bing is now being retired.
The move has not only led to significant performance gains in the search engine’s search performance, but also allowed users to browse the results more efficiently.
In its blog post announcing the retirement, Microsoft said the Bing search engine is no more and will be replaced by Bing for Windows, which will be available through the Microsoft Store.
Bing for Windows will support the following Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Publisher 2013, Publisher 2016, and Outlook.com.
Microsoft said the changes are designed to bring the search experience into the 21st century.
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the many improvements in search that Microsoft has made in recent years, and we’re thrilled to be bringing these tools to our users and businesses across the world,” Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Joe Belfiore said in a blog post.
With Bing, Microsoft is now able to provide search results that users can access easily and quickly, and Microsoft says it will continue to enhance the search functionality in other areas.
The Bing search results feature was available in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
Since then, Microsoft has rolled out Bing for Mac and Chrome to bring search functionality to the Mac and Windows operating systems, and it has also rolled out search functionality on its Bing app for Android devices.
Despite Bing for Office and Bing for iOS, the search capabilities in Microsoft’s other products have been somewhat limited.