If you do much writing, you are going to like this one!  Microsoft has introduced a new feature called (conveniently enough) Microsoft Editor.  It is an AI-powered service that helps bring out your best writing skills in more than 20 languages. It is available as a browser extension for Edge and Chrome, and it is being added to Word, both online and desktop versions, and Outlook.com/Outlook for the Web. The free service lets you nail the basics of grammar and spelling and, with a Microsoft 365 subscription, offers advanced grammar and style refinements like clarity, conciseness, formality, vocabulary suggestions, and more.

Microsoft Editor browser extension

As a browser extension in Edge or Chrome, Editor helps you compose and correct email messages, social media posts, blogs, and anything else you write on the web. It checks for grammar and spelling mistakes, and it makes suggestions for refining your writing, like addressing passive voice or wordiness. Click an underlined word to see a list of suggested revisions. Use it to analyze your document and offer suggestions for spelling, grammar, and stylistic issues.  The browser extension works on most sites, but not all. Specifically, Google Docs is not yet supported, and if you are using Gmail, you'll need to turn off spelling and grammar checking in Gmail settings. Updates are planned for the extension in the coming months to add more capabilities.

For more information about the browser extension, see Check grammar and spelling with the Microsoft Editor browser extension.

Word for the web

Editor is included in Word for the web. Sign in with your Microsoft account for free to get basic spelling and grammar checking. If you are signed in with your Microsoft 365 account, Editor also offers suggestions for refinements, like making sentences more concise, choosing simpler words, or writing with more formality. Customers who sign in with a Microsoft 365 account should see Editor right away. It will take a few weeks for Editor to roll out to all user accounts.

For more information about Editor in Word for the web, see Check grammar, spelling, and more in Word for the web.

Word for Microsoft 365

Editor has been updated in the Windows version of Word for Microsoft 365 to check for more issues than it did in Word 2016 and 2019. The updated user interface is more closely aligned to Word for the web. Look for Editor on the Home tab.

For more information about Editor in Word for Microsoft 365, see Check grammar, spelling, and more in Word.

Outlook.com and Outlook on the web 

Editor is included in Outlook on the web and Outlook.com when you are signed in with your Microsoft 365 account. If you do not see Editor right away, check back later; it will take several weeks for Editor to be available to all user accounts.

For more information about Editor in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web, see Check spelling, grammar, and clarity in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web.