Thanks to a new update coming to Microsoft Edge, spelling mistakes may soon be a nonissue for users. Microsoft has revealed that it is working on adding a new “text predictions” function to its browser that would use the company’s own AI and machine learning technologies to provide users with word ideas. This functionality will be available in the Edge Canary Channel for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users at first, but it should be available to a wider audience soon.
Microsoft Edge text predictions
Microsoft Edge will now use a technique similar to that used in the company’s Outlook platform and Microsoft Editor service. When the user types in Microsoft Edge, predictions or suggestions will appear in a grayed-out suggestion box. Accepting a text prediction recommendation is as simple as pressing Tab or the right arrow key; to dismiss a suggestion, simply keep typing as well as the preview will vanish.
Users can now try out the new feature, but they must be members of the Edge Canary Channel. There’s no word on when the tool will be available to the general public, but considering Microsoft’s track record, it should be soon. It’s the most recent in a series of Microsoft Edge updates aimed at keeping consumers engaged and away from competitors like Google Chrome. This includes the addition of a new “Games” panel in the browser, as well as a new twist on the RSS-style Followable Web feature that allows users to quickly follow their favorite YouTube producers.
Although Chrome only provides text suggestions in the URL search box, users can use various other Google products to get a predictive text. Following its launch on Gmail in 2018, Google Docs received autocorrect in February 2020, with the company’s Smart Compose tool aiming to help users correct spelling and grammar errors. Smart Compose learns from your writing patterns to become more accurate over time, suggesting the next few words of a phrase based on what you’ve already typed.