TLA, TOS, GAAP, SEO, GDPR, CCPA, NTP, RTM—the acronyms in business are endless. Now Microsoft Search is making it easier for employees to find out what their companies’ acronyms means, according to a company blog post.
Microsoft Search is an enterprise feature the company rolled out across Office 365 in 2018. Today Microsoft announced the Acronyms feature, which “helps users navigate their company’s often-confusing alphabet soup.”
The feature will pull data from public sources using Bing, as well as include any custom definitions the company uses internally. The feature is “smart enough to pick out definitions for your search terms appearing on the company’s internal sites, in documents, Teams and SharePoint sites, Yammer channels, and so on. Microsoft Search ensures that the privacy and security of the mined data is maintained. You only see Acronyms mined from data that you have access to.”
The blog post details how system admins can start using the Acronym feature. In the meantime, this is one of those small, quality-of-life improvements that, while not revolutionary, should still improve efficiency and reduce frustration.