An update to prerelease versions of Office 2016 has been released. Office 365 version 16.0.7920.1000 got a new feature - editor pane. Let's see what has changed.
The new Editor pane comes as a replacement for the Proofing pane. You may have already seen it in Word 2016. The Editor pane is an improvement upon the Editor Tools, which were added to Office 365 for contextual editing and proofreading. Editor Tools were released to Office 365 Insiders in September 2016.
The Editor pane feature allows the user to get synonyms and uses AI to improve the grammar and clarity. Under the hood it relies on machine learning and natural language processing.
In order to get more feedback, we’re pleased to offer you a first look at the new Editor pane. This pane replaces the Proofing pane and complements the existing Editor right-click menu by:
Providing even more context and explanation for figuring out the right word choice
Letting you scan and proof your entire document at once
It's also redesigned from the ground up to be more accessible to people of all abilities. Key enhancements in the Editor pane include:
Showing the proofing issue in the context of the original sentence within the pane itself (that is, it's much easier to reconfirm the original sentence than to hit F6 key and go back to the document canvas).
Ensuring that all contextual information to aid understanding of the issue or to facilitate choice of the right suggestion is accessible via screen readers and keyboard navigation.
Making the interaction model in the Editor Pane more similar to the Right-click Context Menu, so people can comfortably use them interchangeably.
You can get a quick overview by watching this video:
To try out the new feature in action, you should
- Be an Office 365 subscriber on the Insider Fast level
- Have Version 16.0.7920.1000 or later installed
- The Editor pane is available in languages with spell checking, at least. Editor-specific Gold flags are only available for English at this time (more languages forthcoming)