If you've used Google and Gmail, this may not be particularly
impressive, as Google has suggested words and phrases for years.
Smartphone keyboards do it, too. What Context IQ does is to use
what Microsoft knows about you and your colleagues to eliminate
some of the busy work in your workday. Microsoft announced the new
Context IQ capability for Editor at its Ignite virtual conference
Microsoft Editor, presumably with Context IQ included, can be downloaded for free both Microsoft Edge and
Google Chrome. You'll need to subscribe to Microsoft 365 to
take advantage of it, though.
Specifically, Context IQ and Editor will include familiar tasks
within the Office/Microsoft 365 ecosystem, just in a different
setting. Editor with Context IQ will recognize when you want to set
a meeting, for example, and it will scan your calendar and those
who you want to meet with to suggest a time in the context of what
you're writing. Editor will also try and guess who you should be
meeting with or communicating with based on those you've shared a
file with — and will try to guess and link to relevant files,
Here's how Microsoft Editor with Context IQ
will work, according to Microsoft.
Probably the more impressive trick will be to simply know the
little bits and pieces of your digital life that you'd normally
have to look up, such as your frequent flyer number when trying to
enter it when booking a flight online. Here, the proof will be in
the pudding; browsers do a good job storing credit-card information
and addresses, and filling them in unprompted. If Editor can start
to take over some of these other facets of your digital life, it
will be helpful, indeed.
The catch, of course, is that you'll need to allow Microsoft
permission to include these nits and pieces of your digital
existence, and it's not clear where these permissions will live —
in the Editor settings within your browser? In Windows? There's
always a tradeoff between convenience and privacy, and we'd bet
that Microsoft won't be alone in its push to simplify your digital
life by knowing as much about you as it can.