A text-prediction feature is set to arrive in Microsoft Word next month.
TechRadar discovered an entry in the Microsoft 365 product roadmap that says “Word for Windows: Text Predictions” is currently in development, with a March 2021 release.
Redmond first tipped the text-prediction feature in September, when it had a limited rollout for Word beta testers and Microsoft 365 Word on the web users, as well as Outlook.com and Outlook on the web users in North America. The idea is to help users “write more efficiently by predicting text quickly and accurately,” Microsoft said at the time.
Once the feature is live, you can start typing in any Word document to see grayed-out predictions. Press the Tab key to accept a prediction or Escape to reject it. Over time, Word will learn and adapt to your writing style, help reduce spelling and grammatical errors, and act as an overall timesaver. If you find it annoying, you can turn it off.
Microsoft is not snooping on what you type. “Text predictions use a machine learning model to make suggestions based on the text you have typed in the current document or email,” the company says. “The content is not stored or seen by any human unless donated as part of the feedback mechanism.”
Google offers a similar service, Smart Reply and Smart Compose, in Gmail and Google Docs.