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Introducing new AI enhancements in Microsoft 365: New features coming to Microsoft Editor and more!

New AI capabilities powered by Microsoft Editor

Microsoft Editor leverages AI to help you get work accomplished, while showing up as your best self through writing. We’re introducing three new AI features in Microsoft Editor that are coming soon to public preview: tone suggestion, conciseness, and summarization.

Tone suggestion in Microsoft Editor

Tone suggestion is a new feature in Microsoft Editor that helps users make thoughtful decisions about the way a message is delivered in emails, chats, and documents.

Tone suggestion in Microsoft Editor will be generally available in Outlook for the web in the coming months.

An animated image demonstrating when a user receives a suggestion from Microsoft Editor, which uses AI to suggest a different way of phrasing the sentence to improve tone.An animated image demonstrating when a user receives a suggestion from Microsoft Editor, which uses AI to suggest a different way of phrasing the sentence to improve tone.

Conciseness in Microsoft Editor

Conciseness a new feature in Microsoft Editor that utilizes intelligence to identify wordy sentences and recommends an alternate version of the sentence to be more concise and clearer.

Conciseness in Microsoft Editor will be generally available in the coming months to Word for the web.

An animated image demonstrating when a user receives a suggestion from Microsoft Editor, which uses AI to suggest a more concise way of phrasing a sentence.An animated image demonstrating when a user receives a suggestion from Microsoft Editor, which uses AI to suggest a more concise way of phrasing a sentence.

Summarization in Microsoft Editor

Summarization in Microsoft Editor is a new feature that utilizes intelligence to populate with the click of a button a short and fluent summary of a longer text document which helps readers to consume relevant information faster.

Summarization in Microsoft Editor will be available in public preview near the beginning of the calendar year.

An animated image demonstrating how a user can take advantage of new AI feature in Microsoft Editor called summarization with the simple click of a button to create a short summary of a long document, saving time.An animated image demonstrating how a user can take advantage of new AI feature in Microsoft Editor called summarization with the simple click of a button to create a short summary of a long document, saving time.

Browser Extension

In addition to the features we talked about above, we’re also happy to announce that you can take advantage of Microsoft Editor’s Browser Extension to help improve your writing and give you more confidence wherever you choose to write.

Using Microsoft Editor in Edge and Chrome through the browser extension allows you to extend these intelligent capabilities to your most browsing experiences including Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail and Google Docs across multiple languages!

Download it for free here: Edge or Chrome.

An animated image demonstrating how Microsoft Editor displays suggestions and how a user can correct the written text.An animated image demonstrating how Microsoft Editor displays suggestions and how a user can correct the written text.

Nail the basics with free grammar and spelling. Go beyond basics with advanced style-checking for issues like clarity, conciseness, formality, vocabulary, and much more with premium (requires a Microsoft 365 subscription).

Add words that are unique to you to your personal dictionary, which will roam with you to other Microsoft Office apps like Microsoft Word, Outlook etc. Look for “Add to dictionary” when Editor makes a spelling suggestion.

Need to write fast? No worries, Microsoft Editor will automatically correct most common typos in real time while you focus on your writing.

You can also personalize this writing assistance as per your need. For example, you can enable or disable different checks based on your style of writing. You can also disable Microsoft Editor on selected websites where you don’t need writing assistance.

An image providing a list of checks and features available in the Microsoft Editor browser extension.An image providing a list of checks and features available in the Microsoft Editor browser extension.

Editor Browser Extension is available in many languages. Grammar and writing styles check works in 20+ languages and spelling checks are available in 80+ languages.

If you write in more than one language, then you can select up to three preferred languages and Editor Browser Extension will detect your typing language from this set and provide suggestions in the language in which you are writing. So please, go ahead and write like a pro in the language of your choice!

An image demonstrating how to add a preferred language.An image demonstrating how to add a preferred language.

Personal toolbar in Word, Excel and PowerPoint…

Personal toolbar is a new feature in Word, Excel and PowerPoint that provides a simple but powerful commanding experience – personalized to you based on the commands you use most. With personal toolbar, you’re able to save time by having your most frequently used commands available so they’re more accessible when and where you need them, eliminating the need to search and click through tabs.

Here’s how it works:

Personal toolbar utilizes knowledge of your command history to intelligently provide you with an individually personalized commanding experience. Our research has shown that this personalization allows us to reduce the number of commands shown by default, while still meeting users’ needs in the vast majority of workflows. This enables us to provide a less cluttered, more streamlined commanding surface, without sacrificing power.

Personal toolbar is also designed to work alongside the Classic Ribbon, which is always available, just a click away, when needed.

Users may also customize the commands in the personal toolbar – adding, removing, and rearranging as necessary.

Personal toolbar will be “off” by default for all users, but they may choose to opt-in with our new layout switcher that offers the choice between “Classic Ribbon” and “Personal Toolbar” as the default commanding surface.

Fast Insiders will be able to start using the personal toolbar “preview” in Word, Excel and PowerPoint desktop apps today. We’ll be adding this to our web app experiences in the future.

An animated image demonstrating how users can opt in to personal toolbar or continue using the classic ribbon in a Microsoft Word document.An animated image demonstrating how users can opt in to personal toolbar or continue using the classic ribbon in a Microsoft Word document.Continue the conversation by joining us in the Microsoft 365 community! Want to share best practices or join community events? Become a member by “Joining” the Microsoft 365 community. For tips & tricks or to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements directly from the product teams, make sure to Follow or Subscribe to the Microsoft 365 Blog space!

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