Grammarly Unveils a UI Refresh, New Features

Posted on September 29, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Web browsers with 4 Comments

The Grammarly digital writing assistant is getting a nice user interface refresh this week along with some useful new features, especially for Grammarly Premium customers.

“We’ve made updates to the Grammarly browser extension to better guide you through the editing process and help you understand how your writing will likely land with a reader,” Grammarly announced today. “With a sleek new look that organizes suggestions by importance and theme, easy access to Grammarly’s tone detector, and some seriously cool new types of writing suggestions, it’s never been easier to improve your writing before sending it out into the world.”

Here’s what’s new.

Improved sidebar. The Grammarly sidebar—which you can display by clicking the green “G” in any web text field—now floats next to the text you’re editing and can be positioned anywhere on-screen. This sidebar displays grammar, spelling, punctuation, and wordiness suggestions, as you’d expect. And Grammarly Premium users can access even more suggestions related to clarity, tone, formatting, and more.

Improved tone detection. Grammarly Premium includes a tone detector that identifies phrases that may make you sound unconfident, unfriendly, overly negative, or impolite, Grammarly says, and it offers alternatives to help shift your tone in a different direction. Now, Grammarly also has tone prediction that indicates how readers will likely interpret the overall tone of your writing.

Clarity improvements. The free version of Grammarly flags unnecessarily wordy phrases and offers alternatives. But Grammarly Premium now offers to fully rewrite confusing sentences for better clarity.

Readability improvements. Another new Grammarly Premium feature will make readability suggestions related to formatting. “You can now automatically convert long lists into easy-to-read bullet points,” the firm notes. “Plus, Grammarly Premium can detect important dates and deadlines you mention in your text and recommend styling them in bold to help them stand out.”

Multilingual improvements. Grammarly Premium now makes tailored suggestions for writing issues common among Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, French, and German speakers. And tailored suggestions for other language backgrounds are on the way, the company says.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Grammarly Unveils a UI Refresh, New Features”

  1. garythornberry

    And... Word Editor doesn't like, in Edge, to compete with Grammarly, and will complain.

  2. rbwatson0

    Always liked Grammarly, but thought the premium plan was way too pricey unless you wrote full time. Wish they had a middle tier, but guess it doesn't matter now that full MS Editor comes with my Office 365 plan.

  3. j5

    If their premium plan wasn't so expensive and if they offered a family plan I'd subscribe. I just can't justify $140.00 a year for it when there's other subscriptions services that allow for more than 1 person in your family to use it.

    I feel like they have a marketing opportunity to put a family plan out with millions of families purchasing laptops and tablets for their children to use for school at home with the pandemic. Spin it as one less school thing they have to help their child with.

    -Grammarly $140 yearly 1 person (only works on desktop browsers, unless you install the keyboard on phone)

    -Microsoft Office 365 $99 yearly , 6 people

    -Spotify $180 yearly, 6 people

    -Apple One Family 4 services $240 yearly, 6 people

    -Netflix $156 yearly, 2 screens

    -VPN ~ $70-$120 yearly, ~ 5 devices

    -Amazon Prime $119 yearly, your whole family and tons of services and benefits.

    -XBOX Game Pass Ultimate $180 yearly, can't necessarily add family members to it but ways to share it on multiple XBOX's in your household. But access to tons of games that other wise would maybe a few thousand dollars to play every year, console and PC.

  4. winbookxl2

    What great news! I enjoy using this helpful service.