Microsoft Editor, a new writing assistant feature that aims to check the grammar, is being rolled out for Word, Outlook and also as a web browser for Edge and Chrome.
The Microsoft Editor is AI-powered (like every new software in the past year) and supports more than 20 languages at the time of launch. In addition to spelling and grammar check, it also houses a ‘similarity’ feature that helps the writer avoid plagiarism or cite copied work.
The new feature will be available to both free and paid Microsoft users. However, the paid users (Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers) will get additional features such as clarity, conciseness, vocabulary suggestions, advanced grammar and style refinements, among several other features.
The Editor feature was formerly called Ideas on Word. While it’s also available for Outlook app and website and as a browser extension, its plagiarism checker called similarity checker and rewrite suggestions will only be available for Word.
“Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered service that enables you to write with confidence in 20+ languages, can help. Write polished prose, craft impressive emails, and posts on your favourite sites like LinkedIn, Gmail, Facebook, and more. It can check your document for spelling, grammar and style refinements, all while making sure you’re in control,” Microsoft announced.
The new feature has started rolling out today with expected general availability by the end of April 2020. You’ll find the feature on Word and Outlook soon after it’s updated in your area and can also download the browser extensions for Edge and Chrome. Also, the similarity checker isn’t being rolled out alongwith the Microsoft Editor, and it’ll be a few months before users see the update.
The company has also announced that Office 365 is being rechristened as Microsoft 365 and these changes will come into effect in April too.
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