Microsoft today introduced a new feature for Word that’s going to make it easier for you to write research papers. The feature is called Researcher, and it helps users find and incorporate reliables sources and content in their paper. Users can explore material related to the topic of their paper within the Word document itself. With one click they can add it and its properly formatted citation to the document.
Researcher relies on Bing Knowledge Graph to bring in content appropriate to the paper from the internet, thus providing safe, structured, and credible information. Researcher’s body of reference materials will soon be expanded to cover sources like health and national science centers, popular encyclopedias, history databases, and more.
The feature will be released for Word on mobile devices soon. It’s available now on Windows desktops with Word 2016 and an Office 365 subscription.
Editor is another new feature coming to Word. It will put the finishing touches on a research paper by providing advanced proofing and editing services. It uses natural language processing and machine learning to make suggestions that improve the paper.
It’s a cloud-based service so Editor is going to get better over time. This fall, it will be expanded to Word’s existing spelling and grammar tools to inform users why the words or phrases they have used in the document may not be accurate.
Microsoft has also made additional improvements to Outlook and PowerPoint that have been explained in detail on the official Office blog.