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Microsoft testing 'to-do' feature on Word

Microsoft testing 'to-do' feature on Word

Microsoft Corp.is looking to streamline the workflow with a set of new productivity features for Word that it unveiled today. The new tools make it simple to create to-do lists for catching back up on things that still need done, as well as a simplified ability to collaborate with other users. And each time you come back to the document, you can see an interactive list of the remaining to-dos.

This week, Microsoft announced new AI features in Word that will help you create an in-platform to-do list where you can invite others to help out without ever breaking your writing mojo.

Microsoft Word is testing a new feature in Editor, the AI-powered writing assistant, that can turn Word document notes into a to-do list. The user merely types " words here " or "TODO: finish this section", as two examples, and Word will automatically recognize them as to-do placeholders and create a to-do list involving them. Word will send them a notification with a "deep link" to the relevant place in the document. By tapping on an item on the list, you'll automatically be redirected to the location of that placeholder in the document where you can continue where you left off. Even better, Word users will be able to @mention coworkers within placeholders to ask them for help.

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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. In the next few months, Word will use Microsoft Search to suggest content for a to-do like insert chart of quarterly sales figures .

The feature addresses what Jared Spataro, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Office 365, described as an important element of Word users' workflow. You will be able to pick from the results and insert content from another document with a single click, Microsoft says.


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