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At Microsoft Ignite 2019, Microsoft announced a new service in Microsoft 365 called Project Cortex!

Introducing Project Cortex

Update: at Microsoft Ignite 2020, Microsoft announced SharePoint Syntex that is the first product from Project Cortex, read more at What’s SharePoint Syntex in a nutshell?


In this post, we're gonna explore Project Cortex in a nutshell by answering the following questions:

  • What's Project Cortex?
  • How Does Project Cortex work?
  • How Project Cortex can help?
  • Connect to third-party repositories.
  • Request a private preview.

You may be also interested to watch Microsoft Ignite 2019 Sessions


What's Project Cortex?

Project Cortex is a new AI-powered service in Microsoft 365 that helps your organization to build a knowledge network from your organization’s structured and unstructured content.

Project Cortex can recognize content types, extract important information, and automatically organizing it into topics and turning your content into an interactive knowledge repository.

Project Cortex is currently in private preview, it will be released in the first half of 2020.


How Does Project Cortex work?

Project Cortex collects content that is created and shared every day in Microsoft 365 securely.

Then, it categorizes the content based on its type and tags that extracted from the metadata.

Technically, it's advanced cognitive services that capture content, extract information, and automatically tag this content.

Project Cortex builds on  Microsoft Graph intelligence !

Image and text recognition

Identify objects in scanned or uploaded images based on an understanding of over 10,000 attributes and extract text from images and PDFs.

Forms processing 

Enables you to pinpoint important information in forms and extract that information as metadata. 

Machine teaching

lets experts train the AI to recognize information in unstructured documents, such as contracts, proposals, or training materials, which might have varied content and formatting. 

How Project Cortex can help?

By using AI, Project Cortex helps your organization to:

  • Organize knowledge across your teams and systems
  • Empower people with knowledge and expertise “just-in-time”, in the apps you use every day
  • Intelligently manage and protect your content with built-in security and workflow

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Connect to third-party repositories

Using the new Microsoft Search connectors, Project Cortex can connect to the following third-party connections:

  • Windows File Share
  • ServiceNow
  • SQL Database
  • Intranet Websites
  • MediaWiki
  • Azure Data Lake Gen2
  • Salesforce
  • and 3rd party connectors through the ingestion API

Request Project Cortex Private Preview

Project Cortex is currently in private preview, it will be released in the first half of 2020. 

Meanwhile, you can join the preview, and learn more at Project Cortex Resource Center.


Conclusion

In conclusion, Project Cortex is an awesome AI service in Microsoft 365 to build a valuable knowledge network based on your organization data.

Additionally, we have discussed the following:

  • What's Project Cortex?
  • How Does Project Cortex work?
  • How Project Cortex can help?
  • Connect to third-party repositories.
  • Request a private preview.

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