Microsoft announces Editor, a new digital writing assistant in Microsoft Word

Microsoft today announced Editor, a new digital writing assistant in Microsoft Word. Editor assists you with the finishing touches by providing an advanced proofing and editing service. It takes advantage of machine learning and natural language processing—mixed with input from team of linguists at Office team—Editor makes suggestions to help you improve your writing. For now, it will help you simplify and streamline written communications by flagging unclear phrases or complex words, such as recommending “most” in place of “the majority of.”

As a cloud-based service, Editor will get better with time. This fall, it will expand upon Word’s current spelling and grammar tools to inform you why words or phrases may not be accurate—teaching at the same time it is correcting. In the same release, Editor will overhaul Word’s visual proofing cues so you can distinguish at a glance between edits for spelling (red squiggle), grammar (blue double underline) or writing style (gold dotted line). Stay tuned for these and other updates to Editor.

Microsoft is also announcing a new service called Researcher 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.

Microsoft will be expanding Researcher’s body of reference materials to also include sources like national science and health centers, well-known encyclopedias, history databases and more. Also, they are planning to bring Researcher to mobile devices. Researcher is available today for Office 365 subscribers using Word 2016 on Windows desktops.

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