Microsoft testing 'to-do' feature on Word

Microsoft Word gets AI-powered to-do lists and collaboration feature

Microsoft has revealed new Word features powered by artificial intelligence. Microsoft Corp.is looking to streamline the workflow with a set of new productivity features for Word that it unveiled today.

Ever since OpenOffice and then LibreOffice appeared as free alternatives to Microsoft Office, the need to pay for access to a decent office suite has diminished. When this happens, you likely do what research tells us many Word users do: "leave a placeholder in your document and come back to it later to stay in your flow".

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Microsoft Word users are already able to add notes to their documents using the comments feature, which serves as a placeholder for inserting more content into it. This enables them to keep working without breaking their flow, but isn't ideal for managing a document. Editor will recognize the text and create a list. They could type 'TODO: "finish this section or ' and Word would recognise and track them as to-dos", Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

It may be the case that different people are required to complete tasks on the to-do list, so Microsoft also added mentions. Clicking on a to-do item, says Microsoft, takes the user directly to that placeholder within the document. Word will send them a notification with a "deep link" to the relevant place in the document. "Soon, they'll 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". Under that scenario, someone could, for example, type a paragraph for the document into an email as a response and Word would take care of the rest. Available now on the Office Insurance Program for Mac, the features allows users to track work across an Office document. Apparently, the feature will arrive for all other Office 365 subscribers "soon".

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