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Word’s new AI editor will improve your writing

If you write in Microsoft Word Online, you’ll soon have an AI-powered editor at your side. As the company announced today, Word will soon get a new feature called “Ideas” that will offer writers all kinds of help with their documents.

If writing is a struggle for you, the most important feature of Ideas is surely its ability to help you write more concise and readable text. You can think of this as a grammar checker on steroids, as it goes beyond fixing obvious mistakes and focuses on making your writing better. It uses machine learning, for example, to suggest a rewrite when you mangled a complex phrase. Ideas will also help you write more inclusive texts.

The cloud-based tool will also give you information about the estimated reading times and decode acronyms for you, based on data it has about your company in the Microsoft Graph.

Ideas can also automatically extract key points from a document. That’s probably more interesting to a reader than a writer, though, so I expect that’s something users will use when somebody sends them a 67-page news summary.

Microsoft also notes that Ideas will bring something called the “Word Designer” to the word processor, which will help you style different parts of a document, including tables.

These new features will come to Office Insiders in June and will become generally available to all users in the fall.


Source: TechCrunch

Microsoft launches Visual Studio Online, an online code editor

Microsoft today announced the private preview launch of Visual Studio Online, an online code editor the company is positioning as a companion to Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.

The service is based on the Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s popular free and open-source desktop code editor. This means Visual Studio Online will also support all the extensions that are currently available for Visual Studio Code, as well as popular features like Visual Studio Code workspaces. Support for IntelliCode, Microsoft’s tool for AI-assisted development that became generally available today, is also built-in.

The emphasis here is on Visual Studio Online being a ‘companion.’ It’s not meant to become a developer’s default environment but instead as a way to make a quick edit, review a pull request or join a Live Share session.

And if you think the name Visual Studio Online sounds familiar, that’s because Microsoft is actually recycling this name. Not that long ago, Visual Studio Code was Microsoft’s hub for all things DevOps, before DevOps was a buzzword. Last year, the company renamed it to Azure DevOps, leaving the name open for other uses. Frankly, given the name, a lot of people probably always assumed that Visual Studio Online was a web-based version of the integrated development environment, only to be then disappointed that it wasn’t.

It’s worth noting that if you don’t want to wait for Microsoft to open the private preview to more users, there are also startups like Coder, which can provide you with a remote Visual Studio Code environment.


Source: TechCrunch

Microsoft open-sources its quantum computing development tools

Microsoft’s quantum computer may not have a working qubit yet, but the company has been hard at work on building the tools to program future quantum computers. Over the course of the last few years, the company announced both Q#, a programming language for writing quantum code and a compiler for this language, as well as a quantum simulator. Today, Microsoft announced that it will open source these efforts in the coming months.

This move, the company says, is meant to make “quantum computing and algorithm development easier and more transparent for developers.” In addition, it will also make it easier for academic institutions to use these tools and developers, of course, will be able to contribute their own code and ideas.

Unsurprisingly, the code will live on Microsoft’s GitHub page. Previously, the team had already open-sourced a number of tools and examples, as well as a library of quantum chemistry samples, but this is the first time the team is open-sourcing core parts of the platform.

“Our approach to solving intractable industry problems requires new types of scalable software tools, and the Quantum Development Kit offers that and supports us in every step our development process,” said Andrew Fursman, co-founder and CEO of 1QBit, in today’s announcement. “We’re excited to contribute two important code samples to accelerate advanced materials and quantum chemistry research, including one focusing on Variational-Quantum-Eigensolver (VQE) and another which demonstrates density matrix embedding theory (DMET) running on our platform, QEMIST.”

It’s not the first company to do so, though. IBM, for example, offers Qiskit, an open-source framework for building quantum computing programs, including the Aer simulator.  Rigetti Computing, too, has open sourced many of its tool.

Only about a month ago, Microsoft also announced that the Development Kit has been downloaded over 100,000 times. At the time, it also brought support for Q# programming to Jupyter notebooks.

While all these software efforts are laudable, though, Microsoft’s quantum hardware efforts have yet to pay off. The company is taking a novel approach to quantum computing, which may yet give it a lead over its competitors in the long run. In the short term, though, some of its competitors are already making real, physical — but limited — quantum computers available to developers.


Source: TechCrunch

Quantum goes open-source as Microsoft expands Q# programming language

Microsoft announced its Q# quantum computing language is going open source. In the next few months, Microsoft will release its Q# compiler and quantum simulators into the open source community to help spur development.

The post Quantum goes open-source as Microsoft expands Q# programming language appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Microsoft’s ElectionGuard SDK is open-source election security

Microsoft’s latest endeavor could make future elections much more fair, with a push to help secure campaign data from outside oversight and to make sure that voting systems themselves are safe and secure.

The post Microsoft’s ElectionGuard SDK is open-source election security appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Internet Explorer will find a new home in Microsoft’s Edge browser

Microsoft’s legacy Internet Explorer is coming to the new Edge browser based on Chromium, a feature that will likely please business users. If you want to launch IE, all you’ll need to do is open a new Edge tab in the future.

The post Internet Explorer will find a new home in Microsoft’s Edge browser appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

The company’s CEO will lay out his vision for openness at Microsoft’s annual developer conference.
Source: Wired

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

But whether that’s a health risk remains unclear, according to a new FDA-backed study.
Source: Wired

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Drone ships, deep-sea robots, and better sonar are finding unknown seafloor habitats as well as volcanoes, faults, and tsunami-triggering slopes.
Source: Wired

Awesome hack: Use Google Docs to sign documents – CNET

Forget using a third-party service to digitally sign a document — Google Docs to the rescue!
Source: CNET

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