Microsoft is planning to add text predictions to Word in March 2021. The new feature will work similarly to Google Docs’ Smart Compose option, using machine learning to predict what words an author will need to speed up document creation. Microsoft originally announced a beta of text predictions last year.
Microsoft, in a bid to simplify document creation on their Word platform, will soon be highlighting grayed-out predictions when users are writing a document, and the suggestions can be accepted using the Tab key or rejected by hitting Escape. Text predictions can also be completely disabled by Word users.
If you are keen, you will notice that Microsoft has already started rolling out text predictions on Outlook, allowing users to compose emails faster. These Gmail-like text predictions show that Microsoft is not only making attempts to match up to the world’s favourite email server, but also trying to recreate their winning gimmicks.