Microsoft Word in Windows 10 will now use AI to make you a better writer

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Microsoft Word (and Outlook) in Windows 10 is getting a fancy new grammar checker, known as the ‘Microsoft Editor’, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to better spot grammar and typing mistakes.

While the Windows 10 version of Word already checks your grammar and highlights errors, the new tool goes even further, by using AI to check your writing and make advanced suggestions based on clarity, formality, inclusiveness and more. It will also highlight sensitive geopolitical references, and overall, it could make your writing a lot better.

The Microsoft Editor has actually been part of the web version of Word for a while now, but it’s finally coming to the desktop Windows 10 version, though it will initially be rolled out to people using the Insider program, which gives them early access to new features to help test them out.

Using the Editor

As Windows Latest explains, the new Microsoft Editor will highlight errors as usual, but you can also select a word, then press Shift + F10 or Alt + Down, which will show a new menu with suggestions about the word, including synonyms and meanings.

There is also a plagiarism checker that will make sure that your work is properly cited, and not too similar to published works.

If you’ve signed up to the Insider program, then make sure you’re running Version 2010 (Build 13328.20000) to try out the Microsoft Editor in Word.

Hopefully the new feature will roll out to regular users soon.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.