Text predictions come to Microsoft Word, a decade after conquering smartphones
Text predictions are a feature that today may seem mundane and obvious to us. They have been in smartphones for more than a decade thanks to their incorporation into operating system keyboards. Now the world’s most popular text editor, Microsoft Word, had no text prediction so far.
Text prediction is an option that allows write faster avoiding having to type words that come next. This, of course, if the system correctly predicts what we want to write. On mobile phones it has been extremely useful many times due to the difficulty of typing on a small virtual keyboard. Its usefulness on desktop remains to be seen.
How text predictions work in Word
In september of last year Microsoft announced that Word and Outlook would eventually incorporate text predictions. This functionality would show in gray the end of the words we are writing or the next words depending on what the app predicts. It is an option similar to the one we can find in Google Docs o Gmail for example.
Once the predictions appear in gray the user can press the TAB key to place the cursor at the end of the prediction and accept it or the Esc key to reject the prediction and make it disappear. How and how many times the predictions appear is something that the user cannot control, Microsoft indicates that it uses a machine learning algorithm to determine the predictions that Word makes.
Text predictions are not always to everyone’s liking and can be annoying for certain users. It is because of that Microsoft will allow deactivating them so that they no longer appear. To do this, you just have to go to the status bar and deactivate the option where it says “Text predictions: On”.
Microsoft has been testing this new option with a percentage of Windows public beta channel users. Now it will incorporate the functionality for all users in the next update of Microsoft 365, as reflected the Microsoft 365 suite roadmap. Throughout the month of March it will reach all users de Microsoft 365 en Word.
Although Microsoft Word has been able to lose some popularity in recent years in favor of Google Docs which is free and allows better collaboration, still one of the most popular desktop apps. Much of this popularity is due to the fact that it has practically become a standard for documents. Furthermore, with multitude of templates there, almost any type of document can be created in the app.
Via | Slashdot