Mi­crosoft test­ing ‘to-do’ fea­ture on Word

Oman Daily Observer - - SCITECH -

MI­CROSOFT started to test a new to-do fea­ture in Word. The soft­ware maker found that a lot of peo­ple leave notes in their Word doc­u­ments as place­hold­ers to add more text, im­ages, or charts. Mi­crosoft is now mak­ing th­ese notes a lot more pow­er­ful with a to-do fea­ture that au­to­mat­i­cally tracks when you’ve left th­ese lit­tle notes for your­self or oth­ers.

Word has had com­ments for years, but this new to-do fea­ture will au­to­mat­i­cally find where you may have writ­ten “todo:” or “...” in a doc­u­ment, and it will col­late th­ese in­stances as sug­ges­tions. Word will then pro­vide a list of th­ese items, and you can use them in­di­vid­u­ally or even @-men­tion col­leagues to no­tify them to add con­tent into a shared Word doc­u­ment.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion will trig­ger an email to a col­league, but you can ac­tu­ally take ac­tion on the doc­u­ment and no­ti­fi­ca­tion by re­ply­ing to that email. For ex­am­ple, if a col­league has asked for an im­age to be added to a doc­u­ment and tagged you in it, you can sim­ply re­ply to the email with the im­age and it will be in­serted into the doc­u­ment. Mi­crosoft is us­ing ma­chine learn­ing to dis­cover th­ese notes in doc­u­ments. In time, even phrases like “...” will be de­tected, and Word will sug­gest re­cent doc­u­ments to add con­tent. You don’t even need to open that doc­u­ment to see the graph; a sidebar will sim­ply high­light the graphs in those doc­u­ments to let you quickly in­sert them.

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