Microsoft brings new ink gestures in Word and ink analysis in PowerPoint

May 1, 2018

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Microsoft today summarized the new features and capabilities they announced for Microsoft 365 in April. Several new features like Ink analysis in Microsoft PowerPoint, ink gestures in Microsoft Word, AI enhancements in Word for Mac are part of this update. Read about them below.

A screenshot displays how you can convert hand-drawn words and shapes into text and objects in PowerPoint.

Ink analysis in Microsoft PowerPointWe enhanced shape and text recognition in PowerPoint to give users more freedom to create content in a natural way. Now Microsoft 365 subscribers can convert any handwritten words on their slides into text and draw new shapes like hearts and clouds. You can also sketch out an entire slide and then convert all your drawings at the same time, instead of addressing each shape individually, making it easier to convert ideas to professional looking slides in a matter of moments.

New ink gestures in Microsoft WordNew ink gestures for editing in Word allow you to add handwritten text to a document and interact with existing content using a pen. Now Microsoft 365 subscribers can quickly split paragraphs into multiple lines, insert words into existing sentences, and join separated words, all using natural pen-based gestures. These top requested features make it easier to naturally edit documents and quickly implement changes and suggestions.

AI enhancements in Word for MacWe brought popular AI capabilities to Word for Mac to help you work more confidently and produce superior documents. Now Mac users can translate sections of text or entire documents from over 60 languages, including 11 that use neural machine translation to understand sentence context and produce more accurate results. Subscribers can also use Resume Assistant to craft compelling resumes with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn.

Mobile editing available for more subscribers in the next few monthsWe’re expanding the availability of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for iOS and Android to Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 F1, and Office 365 E1 subscribers. Once available, all Microsoft 365 subscribers will be able to install full versions of the mobile apps to create, edit, and, share documents on the go.

Availability details:

  • Ink analysis in PowerPoint—Rolling out to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 customers enrolled in Office Insiders over the next month.
  • New ink gestures in Word—Rolling out to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 customers enrolled in Office Insiders over the next month.
  • AI enhancements in Word for Mac—Rolling out to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 customers enrolled in Office Insiders over the next month.
  • Mobile editing for Office 365 Business Essentials, F1 and E1—All the Office mobile apps can be downloaded from iOS App Store or Google Play. All functionality is available now for Outlook for iOS and Android. Editing will be available in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote apps for iOS and Android over the next few months.

Read about other features and capabilities that are part of April Update from the source link below.

Source: Microsoft

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