Google adds natural language processing to Drive search

Searching for files in Google Drive is now more like using the Google search engine.

Searching for documents in Google Drive should be easier, Google announced Tuesday, now that its search capabilities support natural language processing.

Instead of just using keywords from a file, a user "can type things like 'find my budget spreadsheet from last December' or 'show me presentations from Anissa,'" Google product manager Josh Smith explained in a blog post. "Drive will understand what you mean and give you the option to click for those specific search results.

The natural language capabilities should get better with each query, he noted.

Google continues to invest in natural language processing -- earlier in the week, the company announced it's acquiring a startup that enables developers to build chatbots and other natural language interfaces.

Google announced a few other updates to Drive as well. Its search function now has an autocorrect feature that suggests corrections to misspelled words. Users can split documents into multiple columns. Google will also now automatically save a copy of any non-Google file opened in Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

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