Microsoft is developing a new feature for Outlook that predicts what users will write next in the body of the message, according tomedia reports. Like Gmail’s Smart Composes, Microsoft’s Outlook will use smart technology to suggest the best words users can use to write e-mail.
This feature is known as “text prediction” and Microsoft is currently developing a text prediction feature for web Outlook.
It looks like Outlook’s text prediction feature is very similar to Gmail’s Smart Compose, which will be pushed to users later this month. When you write a message in Outlook, suggestions to complete sentences appear in brighter text, and users need to press Tab to insert suggestions.
The more users use this feature, the more text predictions may better recognize the user’s writing habits and understanding of context. Microsoft says Outlook will use “smart technology” — presumably artificial intelligence — to understand context and suggest the right phrases that users need to use.
Once opened, the user should see a “suggestion” the next time they send a new message, prompting the user to press the tab button when they see a prediction they want to accept.
Depending on the supporting documentation, the path that the user opens is to view all Outlook settings for settings, and to compose and reply to text predictions.
In addition, Microsoft will eventually plan to add an email scheduling option to the Outlook Web.
According to it: “Outlook adds scheduling options for sending e-mail messages. “
While text forecasting is expected to be available later this month, Microsoft says messaging support for Outlook Web will not be implemented until the second quarter.