Microsoft plans to get text predictions next month

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Microsoft plans to include text predictors to Word in March.

The new feature will work similar to Google Docs’ Smart Compose option, which uses machine learning to predict the words an author will need to speed up document creation.

Originally, Microsoft announced the beta of text predictions last year but it is now on the Microsoft 365 roadmap to reach all Word users on Windows next month. MS Word will highlight grayed out predictions when users write a document, then the suggestions can be accepted with the Tab Key or rejected by hitting escape. The Text predictions can also be disabled completely by Word users.

Microsoft also started rolling out identical text predictions in Outlook for Windows this month, allowing users to compose emails faster. These Gmail-like text predictions also rolled out to Outlook on the web last year, alongside a feature to let people schedule when emails would be sent.

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