Users will write more efficiently by predicting text quickly, timely and accurately.
According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, Microsoft is planning to roll out text prediction feature to Word in March. This new feature is designed to work similarly to Smart Compose which is already in use by Google Docs.
Text prediction uses machine learning to predict the word or phrase the author needs to type next for quicker text composition. Microsoft notes that the feature will help “users write more efficiently by predicting text quickly, timely and accurately.”
When text predictions are turned on in Microsoft, the word or phrase suggestions will appear in gray font. To accept, you’d press the Tab key or reject it by pressing the Esc key.
For those who might find this feature distracting and not helpful, Text predictions can also be turned off completely if the user is not interested in using it.
Once rolled out, Word users will see grayed out predictions which can be accepted by pressing the ‘Tab’ key or rejected by pressing the ‘Esc’ key. Over time, these predictions will get better based on the user’s writing style. If you are not interested in using predictions, you will be able to turn them off completely as well.
Word users can navigate to Help > Feedback to send any complaints or suggestions to Microsoft. Earlier this month, Microsoft also started rolling out text prediction support to Outlook users.