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.