A new update for Microsoft Word coming up next month brings a feature that’s been long due. Predictive typing or ‘Text Prediction’ will automatically suggest new words as you type a sentence.
Microsoft announced text predictions for Microsoft Word last year, which uses a machine-learning algorithm to offer suggestions on what the user typed. This basically means that it will improve its suggestions to predict what you plan to type based on your previous documents over time. The feature is expected to help users type more effectively and precisely by reducing spelling and grammar mistakes. Notably, the feature was introduced to users of the Office Insiders program back in September 2020. Now it seems that Microsoft is finally able to launch the feature for all users next month, as confirmed by the recent entry to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap as seen by Neowin.
Once the feature rolls out, users should see greyed-out workout predictions that can be quickly recognized by hitting the Tab key or by using the Esc key. There is going to be an option to completely turn off word predictions if you don’t find it useful or find it irritating. Microsoft also notes that all collected data to train the machine learning algorithm will not “leave the tenant boundary” and will only be made available by other people if the user allows them to do so as part of the feedback feature.
Last week, Microsoft has announced that it would launch Office 2021 for personal users and Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) for commercial purposes later this year. Office 2021 will be an update to Office 2019 and will be available at a one-time cost without requiring a subscription to Microsoft 365. A commercial preview of Office LTSC will be available in April. The company has confirmed that the LTSC Office will receive support for at least 5 years.
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.