AI and search: Microsoft looks to shake up a $175 billion market

27 March 2023

Microsoft and Google are both incorporating AI-powered chatbots into their core search offering. This will create a better user experience for some search categories earlier in the customer journey.

Search is a huge prize, bigger than TV advertising, and AI represents the biggest potential shakeup to that market since the rise of mobile. With ~95% market share outside China, Google's risk is to the downside.

Search is an early, but not the most natural, home for conversational AI: Microsoft and Google have also announced integrations into productivity software. Expect a wide range of services to be transformed by AI integrations as startups and tech giants alike seek share in newly contestable markets.

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