Microsoft Word for Windows will soon support text predictions.
According to Microsoft 365 roadmap, 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.
The text predictions feature works similarly to Google Docs’ Smart Compose option or text suggestions on some smartphone keyboards.
Word will highlight grayed-out predictions when users are writing a document, and the suggestions can be accepted using the Tab key or rejected by hitting Escape.
If you prefer that predictions don’t show up at all, you can just completely disable the feature. The option to turn it off is especially handy if you’re creating a document in which suggestions are less likely to be accurate.
Microsoft also started rolling out identical text predictions in Outlook for Windows this month, allowing users to compose emails faster. These Gmail-like text predictions also rolled out to Outlook on the web last year, alongside a feature to let people schedule when emails would be sent.