Microsoft testing ‘to-do’ feature on Word
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.