Microsoft integrates collaborative AI powered to-do list in Word

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

"Word has always been the standard for creating professional-quality documents", Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro explains.

Microsoft has debuted a new Microsoft Word feature that aims to aid users in the "flow" of their work. When a worker leaves a note such as "TODO: finish this section" or " insert closing here ," Word will recognize the text as a placeholder and display it on a sidebar in a list view. To try it on a Mac today, you'll need to be an Office 365 subscriber and join the Office Insider Fast Ring in the Microsoft Auto Update app.

When you come back to the document, you'll see a list of your remaining to-dos, and you can click each one to navigate back to the right spot. The software giant also plans to bring Search, announced in September, to Word in order to suggest to-do content such as a chart or image. The organization is trying another component in its word processor that will consequently identify notes and messages left for yourself as well as other people and transform them into actionable lists. It's also worth noting that the Microsoft To-Do app has a featured called shared lists created to let users collaborate on a lineup of tasks. Microsoft notes that users will soon have the ability to "reply to the notification with their contributions, and those contributions will be inserted directly into the document", but that feature hasn't arrived quite yet.

Microsoft will be adding new artificial intelligence capabilities to the feature over time as well.

In the near future, they will be able to reply to the notification with their contributions, and those contributions will be inserted directly into the document-making it easy to complete the task with an email from any device. You will be able to pick from the results and insert content from another document with a single click, Microsoft says.

This AI-powered To-Do feature is available today in the latest Insider build of Office for Mac, and it's coming soon to Word for Windows and the web.

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