Microsoft is testing a new feature for Outlook that will allow
you to compose and send emails faster than ever via your
Windows 10 or mobile device. The feature, called “Text
Predictions“, is already available on the web version of
Outlook and it’s finally coming to more platforms.
The text predictions feature in Outlook uses Microsoft’s AI and
it works a lot like Google’s Smart Compose. Like Gmail, Outlook
will also try to understand the typed text and then suggest
words to finish your sentence.
To use this feature on Windows 10, you need to launch the
Outlook desktop app and hit on the ‘Tab’ key to select the
suggested text. If you don’t want to use the suggested text,
just keep typing. On touch-enabled devices, you can swipe on
your screen to select the suggestions.
Text prediction for Outlook saves you time by understanding and
suggesting common speech patterns. It can also reduce the
chance of spelling and grammatical errors.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft plans to enable the
feature by default, but you’ll be able to turn it off by
heading to the settings (Mail options) in Outlook app. For now,
it appears that only English would be supported, but text
predictions will support additional languages in near future.
Text predictions for Android and iOS
If you own any Android smartphones or iPhone, you can also use
Microsoft’s new AI feature on your Outlook app soon.
“We will begin rolling this out in early January and expect it
to be complete by late February 2021,” Microsoft said in a
statement posted to the Microsoft 365 Admin Portal.
In order to use a suggestion, you would need to swipe on the
If you decide that you don’t want Microsoft to finish your
sentence, ignore the suggestion and continue typing.
Of course, you can always turn it off in the Settings.