Spotlight gets smarter

Mac Format - - WWDC 2015 -

Spotlight in El Cap­i­tan gains the in­tel­li­gence to un­der­stand what you’re look­ing for when you ex­press your­self us­ing nat­u­ral lan­guage. Ap­ple’s demo used phrases such as “find slides from brian” and seemed ef­fec­tive. The same tech­nique is avail­able in Mail and Fin­der too, but it re­mains to be seen whether it works bet­ter with com­plex sen­tences than the Cal­en­dar app cur­rently does for event cre­ation. If it works well, you could pair it with OS X’s Dic­ta­tion fea­ture to gain some­thing like the in­ter­ac­tions you get with Siri on iOS. El Cap­i­tan also elim­i­nates an an­noy­ance with the Spotlight win­dow: you can move it away from the mid­dle of your desk­top, and re­size it to show more re­sults.

Spotlight con­nects to more online sources to pro­vide weather fore­casts and sports re­sults.

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