Microsoft has blessed Word Online, part of Office Online, with a brand new feature dubbed “Insights”, using which users will be able to perform searches from right within the app.
The Insights feature allows users to highlight a word and search for more information about it through a combination of sources compiled by Bing including Bing Snapshot, Wikipedia, Bing Image Search, Oxford English Dictionary and more.
“When you right-click on a word and select Insights, Office Online understands what you are looking for and then uses the power of Bing to bring in relevant information from a variety of sources like Bing Snapshot, Wikipedia, Bing Image Search, Oxford English Dictionary and the web—all neatly presented alongside your content”, notes Microsoft in a blog post.
Office Online is also offering enhanced PDF support. It now lets users copy text directly from images or search by clicking the FIND button. They can now convert a PDF into an editable Word document as well by clicking the EDIT IN WORD button.
In addition, Office Online will now show where pages end in the document. Also users can now easily insert symbols in a document such as the copyright © symbol or international currency symbols like £ or ¥ from within the Symbols gallery.
Furthermore, the “Tell Me” feature in Office Online has also been enhanced. Further there is support for requesting word counts and running other commands that are hidden in sub-menus like changing the size of a document.
Microsoft has confirmed that the rollout, which has already begun starting Wednesday, should be complete within the next few days.