New MS Word Features Supposed To Help Writers
Microsoft has announced a host of new features for MS Word. Are they beneficial to writers?
First, Researcher. Researcher allows writers to do research and import citations without leaving the MS Word window. Which is kinda cool until you see that the research is Bing-based.
There are some definite advantages to being able to look something up in the middle of writing. And some disadvantages. On the one hand, it makes it easy to find out a needed bit of information. On the other hand, it makes it easy to be distracted by something that's not writing when you really should be writing.
More interesting for writers, the new Editor feature. Editor acts like a copy editor or proofreader, highlighting words that you are using too often, teaching you new words or phrases that will "improve" your style, and generally showing you how to read like an editor and improve your work.
Whenever Editor sees something that it's not happy about, it'll underline the word or phrase in gold.
What do you think? Will the new features help non-academic writing? Do the eggheads at Microsoft know what they're doing?
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