This new resource is an offshoot of the Microsoft’s Knowledge Graph, most likely (we’ve asked) the Microsoft Academic Search (that we like a lot and you might want to take a look at), and Microsoft Academic Graph projects that we’ve posted about many times over the years. Links to two recent posts below.
A new version of MS Academic Search launched as a preview in early March.
From a Microsoft Office Blog Post:
Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information.
We’ll continue expanding Researcher’s body of reference materials to also include sources like national science and health centers, well-known encyclopedias, history databases and more. We’ll also soon bring Researcher to mobile devices so you can start creating a quick outline for that term paper no matter where you are or what device you’re using. Researcher is available today for Office 365 subscribers using Word 2016 on Windows desktops.
We’ve also asked MSFT for more info about the curation process and specifics about sources.
See Also: MS Academic Search Preview FAQ
More About Microsoft Academic Search and Academic Graph
UDPATE: Here’s a promo video provided by MSFT.