Microsoft Word’s new feature called “Researcher” makes research paper writing easier

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The only constant thing in life is change. Microsoft appreciates this fact and that is why it is adding a new Researcher feature to Word. Researcher is a new feature designed to make writing research paper easier for everyone. The new feature works for anyone who uses Office 365, with plans to bring it to mobile variants of Office in a no-distant future.

Researcher relies powerfully on Microsoft’s Bing Knowledge Graph to query content from the internet and make it available to researchers when using Word. The Redmond Wash-based company has a collection of reliable sources and reference materials that it plans to expand on as time goes on, reports The Verge.

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The feature makes it so easy to write research paper. It is built with capability to automatically create citation in your bibliography as part of your research paper when you add source material.

“Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information,” said Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Office 365 Client Applications in a blog post on Tuesday.

Plans are in the pipeline to expand Researcher’s feature to include sources like “national science and health centers, well-known encyclopedias, history databases, and more,” the company said. For those who use Office 365 on mobile, the company said it won’t be long until they start using Researcher on their devices. This is quite commendable as it means you can create a “quick outline” for those urgent term papers no matter where you are.

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Editor feature

Microsoft also added a new Editor feature to Word. Editor, as the name suggests, will assist you with proofreading of your paper work. This new feature is also based on machine learning and “natural language processing.” It will make useful suggestions based on input from Microsoft’s team of linguists.

Editor is a cloud-based service, with a possibility to expand upon current spelling and grammar tools in Word.

“As a cloud-based service, Editor will get better with time. This fall, it will expand upon Word’s current spelling and grammar tools to inform you why words or phrases may not be accurate—teaching at the same time it is correcting. In the same release, Editor will overhaul Word’s visual proofing cues so you can distinguish at a glance between edits for spelling (red squiggle), grammar (blue double underline) or writing style (gold dotted line). Stay tuned for these and other updates to Editor.”

Outlook also got two new updates

Microsoft also rolled out two new features to Outlook on Windows, Mac and web called Focused Inbox and @mentions. Focus Inbox helps you to focus on those important emails as it “automatically separates your inbox into two tabs.” @mentions makes it “easy to identify emails that need your attention, as well as flag actions for others.”

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