Microsoft Project Cortex: A Guide to Innovative Experiences

Microsoft Project Cortex is your knowledge network in Microsoft 365, empowering people with knowledge and expertise in the apps you use every day.

Empowering people to harness knowledge, upskill, and learn faster is the new workplace competitive advantage.

Building on the leading content services of Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Project Cortex connects content in Microsoft 365 and external content and enables you to manage your information and streamline processes with advanced security, compliance, and automated workflow.Microsoft Project Cortex uses advanced AI to deliver insights and expertise in the apps you use every day, to harness collective knowledge and to empower people and teams to learn, upskill and innovate faster.It also uses AI to reason over content across teams and systems, recognizing content types, extracting important information, and automatically organizing content into shared topics like projects, products, processes, and customers. Microsoft Project Cortex then creates a knowledge network based on relationships among topics, content, and people.New topic pages and knowledge centers—created and updated by AI—enable experts to curate and share knowledge with wiki-like simplicity. And topic cards deliver knowledge just-in-time to people in Microsoft Outlook, Teams, and Office.

Microsoft Project Cortex | How It Works

Microsoft Project Cortex applies AI to automatically organize your content and delivers innovative experiences—topic cards, topic pages, and knowledge centers—in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Teams.

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What Does Microsoft Project Cortex Do?

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Organizes knowledge across your teams and systems

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Empowers people with “just-in-time” knowledge and expertise

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Intelligently manages and protects your content with built-in security and workflow

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Microsoft Project Cortex work?

Microsoft Project Cortex uses advanced AI to deliver insights and expertise in the apps you use every day, to harness collective knowledge and to empower people and teams to learn, upskill and innovate faster. It also uses AI to reason over content across teams and systems, recognizing content types, extracting important information, and automatically organizing content into shared topics like projects, products, processes, and customers. Project Cortex then creates a knowledge network based on relationships among topics, content, and people. Project Cortex builds on intelligence from the Microsoft Graph, a variety of Microsoft AI technologies, and the leading content services of SharePoint.

Does Microsoft Project Cortex connect to other repositories besides SharePoint?

Yes, Cortex can connect to content in third-party repositories and systems using the new Microsoft Search connectors. These connectors already support:

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

Microsoft will also be adding more connectors in the coming months.

Is Microsoft Project Cortex secure?

Project Cortex is based on the security and compliance of content enforced across Microsoft 365.  For example, access, retention labels, data sovereignty, and information barriers are all maintained consistently before and after the activation of Cortex. In addition, organizations can apply even more stringent restrictions on the scope and availability of topic information shared by Cortex. For example, topics will be visible only to people with access to content and information related to the topic. And the information you see about a topic will reflect your access and permissions. In addition, administrators can control which scopes of content are included in Cortex, by excluding sites or documents with certain classification labels (like HBI). Administrators will be able to control whether topics are published for broader visibility, and there will also be a blocklist to exclude specific topic names.

When will Microsoft Project Cortex be released?

Although an official release date has not been announced, Microsoft Project Cortex is now in private preview and is expected to be generally released in the first half of 2020.

How is Microsoft Project Cortex priced?

Pricing and packaging have not been finalized. Project Cortex will be a premium service in Microsoft 365, and final packaging will be determined in part based on customer feedback as part of the private preview.

How does Microsoft Project Cortex relate to KnowledgeLake?

As a charter member of the Content Services Partner Program and Microsoft Project Cortex launch partner, we have gotten an inside glimpse into Project Cortex. The KnowledgeLake cloud platform delivers content in the form of searchable documents and metadata that can take Microsoft Project Cortex to the next level.

Where can I learn more about Microsoft Project Cortex?

Visit the Microsoft Project Cortex Resources Center for the most complete and up-to-date information. 

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