Microsoft patents a way to automatically generate email subjects based on its content

Two interesting patent applications have just recently been published.

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Key notes

  • Microsoft patents simplify email subject generation and thread sorting.
  • Machine learning system categorizes and groups emails based on content.
  • Potential time-saving features for Outlook or Copilot integration, though plans remain uncertain.

Microsoft has patented systems to simplify and automate the process of generating email subjects based on their content and sort those emails into one simple thread.

Two patent applications, which have just recently been published, detail a machine learning system that sorts emails into different categories, picks out key details from each, and groups them with other emails with similar topics into one simple thread.

For example, emails about travel plans might be grouped together based on the destination and dates. This way, related emails are collapsed into one thread, making it easier to manage.

Additionally, the system can extract details like the status of an order and show only the most relevant emails in the thread. It can even use a chatbot to present this information to you, saving you from having to dig through your inbox.

As for the other patent application, the detailed system can help you create email subject lines by looking at the email’s content to figure out what it’s about and what the sender wants. Then, it suggests a subject line that sums up the email and then shows the suggestion to the user.

Combine these, these two features could potentially save you a lot of time. As for whether Microsoft intends to integrate these features into Outlook, its native email application, or into Copilot, remains uncertain … for now.

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