#Microsoft released some new intelligent learning features to the office suite this week.
This month, we are releasing a new set of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office apps designed to save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in #Word, deliver dynamic presentations in #PowerPoint and prioritize the emails that matter most to you in #Outlook. — Original Post from New to Office 365 in July—new intelligent services Researcher and Editor in Word and more – Office Blogs
The first updates are to Word and are called #Researcher and #Editor. It allows you to pull content from a web address using the Bing Knowledge Graph and will automatically pull cited content into your document and add the corresponding annotation to both the content added and the citation needed at the end of the document on the works cited page. Editor takes reviewing of spelling and grammar to a new level by using intelligent machine learning and language processing with editions from the Microsoft linguistics team to help suggest improvements to your writing. Editor is a cloud based service and will get better over time as it learns from user input and feedback from customers.
Editor will start with writing style suggestions to improve clarity, and expand over time.
The second additions comes in the form of #@mentions and the focused inbox for both Outlook 2016 and also Outlook Web Access. Users of the Outlook #Android / #iOS / #Windows Mobile apps have already had this feature for a while and now it’s available for the desktop and web versions as well. it separates incoming emails into two tabs under either focused or other based on your interactions with emails over time.
@mentions allows you to tag contacts that might be interested in or related to the email being sent by allowing you to type the @ symbol and suggesting contacts as you type out names after the @. Contacts are then automatically added to the To: area of the email and when a new section in outlook allows users to click the @ tab and view all emails that they have been mentioned in.
Finally, #Zoom for PowerPoint allows users to create non-linear presentations allowing users to tailor presentations based on audience without having to create a separate presentation for each audience or even leave presentation mode. You can now build a “Summary Zoom” for a presentation that has dedicated sections or a “Slide Zoom” for one that has only a few slides.
There are a lot more features and functionality coming to the Office suite in addition to this new feature set in the future says Microsoft. It’s exciting to see the new model of rolling out functionality as it’s developed instead of having to wait years at a time for them to all be bulk added to the next version at once. I find this to also have a huge hidden benefit in that it allows users to learn new functionality as it comes out in small feature enhancements instead of opening up the fire hose and having to learn them all at once in the form of a version upgrade. Some might aruge otherwise and say that it makes it a training nightmare. what do you think?