Word, Excel, and Outlook get new AI-powered features this month

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Microsoft plans to use AI across the core products and this way the company plans to make AI available for more users. It was recently announced that Bing would get a brand new AI-powered intelligent search.

As if this weren’t enough good news, Microsoft just revealed that Word, Excel, and Outlook would also get some new AI-powered features as well.

These cool new features will include rich insights for Excel, touches of Cortana for the Outlook app on iOS and also an Acronyms feature for Word.

Preview of Insights in Excel

This new service will be able to highlight the patterns detected automatically. Such a thing will make it much easier for users to explore and analyze data. Office Insiders will get to test this feature later this month, and they will experience the power of machine learning.

Acronyms for Word

Word will get a brand new feature called Acronyms, and Microsoft said that this would help people understand shorthand by leveraging the Microsoft Graph to provide definitions of terms that have already been defined. This feature will roll out in Word Online for Office 365 commercial the next year.

Bringing Cortana to the Outlook mobile app

Microsoft decided to bring Cortana to the Outlook mobile app. The power of Cortana’s AI will help Outlook send notifications, directions and more data based on real-time traffic, current location, and more. The feature will be called Time to leave.

These three new features build upon what the company already introduced this month, and we are also referring to the Whiteboard app for Windows 10. One Drive and Sharepoint for Office 365 commercial subscribers will get the Intelligent search by the end of this year. Users will be able to extract searchable text from images automatically.

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