Writing documents for work and school just got a little easier. A new update for Microsoft Word, due sometime in March, will add a text prediction feature that uses machine learning to suggest the next word an author needs. Microsoft hopes the feature will help writers by speeding up document creation.
The predictive text function is similar to the one used by Google documents, called Smart Compose. Word offers gray predictions as you type your document, and all you need to do to accept a suggestion is press the Tab key. Likewise, to decline a suggestion, just press Escape (although theoretically you should also be able to keep typing to decline).
The feature was originally announced as part of a beta last year, but should be formally rolled out to every Windows Word user next month. Microsoft also started rolling out this predictive text feature to its other software this month, including Outlook for Windows, which allows people to send an email a little faster. Predictive text ̵
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