In our earlier post on Office 365 Transitions To Microsoft 365 Subscriptions from April 21, 2020 – we had pointed out that the all new and refreshed version of Microsoft 365 is all set to surprise you with artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, cloud-powered experiences, and new productivity tools along with a lot of Office-related features such as Microsoft Word Editor, PowerPoint App, Excel, Outlook and the Edge web browser thrown in.
From the list, Microsoft Editor has already begun to rollout, with general availability by the end of April. It will be available via three main platforms namely:
1. Word documents
2. Email platform like Outlook
3. Across internet through browser extension.
Microsoft Editor is an intelligent writing assistant and the user can fully utilise its potential by taking its help in writing grammatically correct prose, fluent and pleasing emails; and can write posts on social networking sites too as it is necessary that we communicate our feelings and meaning clearly without ambiguity.
Microsoft Editor Writing Assistant App is more of a bonus with AI-powered features Versus Grammarly
Microsoft Editor is an Artificial intelligence powered service that enables the user to write with confidence in more than 20 languages. Any user who has a Microsoft login can access for free the essential features such as spelling and basic grammar across Word, Outlook.com, and the web.
Microsoft 365 Personal and Family paid users will have access to advanced grammar and style refinements like Clarity, conciseness, formal language, vocabulary suggestions and more. The user can open the Editor pane by clicking on the pen icon in the ribbon and then the Editor will analyze the writing and give statistics on readability, distinct words, and also time to read the document.
Here are a few of the Microsoft Editor Writing Assistant App features which are unique to Word are discussed below:
1. Similarity Checker
The internet provides everyone with a very large amount of reading material, and it can at times be a challenge to do citations. Similarity checker will be available for Word in the future and will provide help by identifying unoriginal content and will make it easier to insert relevant citations.
2. Rewrite suggestions
Editor will check the user’s writing for fluency, conciseness, or readability in short and full sentences and will provide suggestions for rewriting. Tobuse this feature, one has to highlight a sentence, right-click on it, and then select “Rewrite Suggestions” from the context menu. Currently it is available for Word for the web in English language only.
3. Editor in Outlook
Microsoft has also announced that Editor’s capabilities have been expanded to Outlook.com and Outlook on the web. With the use of Editor, one can save time and press “send” knowing surely that message conveyed is clear and concise. The Editor’s spelling and grammar functionalities are available for free to use on Outlook.com, while more advanced features will be extended exclusively to Microsoft 365 paid users.
4. Browser extension for Editor
The browser extension for Editor now provides capacity to create and write without worrying for mistakes, being fully aware that the Editor will check, flag and maybe correct too (at user’s discretion) the grammatical errors. Any user who has this browser extension can easily post casually on social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn, also the paid users with the Microsoft 365 subscription will get access to advanced recommendations on style, clarity, inclusive language, and much more in 20+ languages.
The Microsoft Editor standalone browser extension is now available at both the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web stores.
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