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Nov062018

Microsoft’s New AI Features in Word Helps Collaborate and Keep Track of To-Dos

Microsoft Word technologies such as Editor, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered writing assistant is an indispensable tool for creating professional-quality documents.

At times some urgent information which is needed is not available at fingertips, now to fill in these placeholders Microsoft is introducing new features to Word that will assist them with the information required without leaving the flow of their work.

As an example, users can simply type “TODO: finish this section” or “<<insert closing here>>” — this will prompt Microsoft Word to recognize them as to-dos.

So, when the user is back on to the document, will see a list of remaining to-dos. Simply, clicking each one will take them back to the right spot.

Here is a GIF animation of a Word document using the AI-powered To-Do feature:

Microsoft Word Document using AI-powered To-Do

Once the to-dos are created Word will automatically help in completing.

Users can also seek help from other by simply “@mention” them in a placeholder. Microsoft Word will then notify them with a “deep link” pointing to the relevant place in the document.

Once a contribution reply comes, Word will automatically insert those contributions directly in the document.

Microsoft says, Office will now fill many of these placeholders using the AI capabilities.

As an example, Word will now suggest to-do content such as <<insert chart of quarterly sales figures>> by making use of Microsoft Search.

A user will then simply select from the results and insert content from another document with a single click.

These new functionalities are available as a preview now to Word on the Mac for Office Insiders in the Fast ring.

Microsoft will also roll out these capabilities to all Office 365 subscribers for Word for Windows, the Mac, and the web, soon.

For those who are new, Office for Mac Insider has two speeds that include Insider Fast and Insider Slow.

Users can select a speed, by opening up Microsoft Auto Update and on the Help menu just select “Check for Updates.”

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