Microsoft Now Uses AI to Help You Create Better Presentations, Spreadsheets on Office Apps

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft 365, Office 365 with 5 Comments

Microsoft is launching a new Ideas feature in a preview for Office apps to help you create better documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. The new feature is launching in Excel today, and it will be launching as a preview in other apps like PowerPoint Online later on.

Ideas is a pretty smart feature — it uses AI to help fix some of the general issues in your documents. For example, in PowerPoint, Ideas can be activated with a single click, and it will then review your slides to suggest changes. These changes will range from design changes, as well as adding new content like pictures to make your slides more interesting, and even include grammar suggestions, etc. On Excel, Ideas can be used to automatically suggest charts and more to help your spreadsheets look a little more interesting.

The feature seems like an expansion of PowerPoint’s Design feature which only suggested design ideas for your slides. And it seems like the perfect way to bring a similar experience to other apps, to be honest. This is all AI-powered, so it won’t be always accurate, though it looks very promising.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Microsoft Now Uses AI to Help You Create Better Presentations, Spreadsheets on Office Apps”

  1. Maktaba

    Now everything that Microsoft does is based on AI.

  2. Jeffsters

    What data is being sent, who has access, how is is aggregated with other data, what personally identifiable information is retained, the privacy policy isn’t clear to anyone but a lawyer.

  3. Ron F

    PowerPoint's design is a hit or miss, but the hits were pretty helpful. Based on some assignments my students send me, even graduates would benefit from suggestions to their charts.

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