As pretty much everyone who regularly uses Microsoft Word knows, it is quite strict on grammar and spelling, regularly underlining words with red, green and even blue. However, it often finds grammar mistakes where the sentence appears fine and sometimes automatically corrects spelling errors to words you never intended typing, much like predictive texting.
Surely in Microsoft Word 2010 Microsoft must have improved its grammar/spelling correction capabilities over the last couple of generations. So let’s have a quick look at an e-mail I typed up a short while ago. Sure enough, there are several grammar/spelling errors, so it’s time to correct them…
Grammar error #1:
Was there a grammar rule about capitalisation that I somehow missed out on and that this sentence must start with a lower-case letter? Notice how it missed the double “that”.
Grammar error #2:
It doesn’t like my wink… So what’s with the blank suggestion?
Now on to a spelling error:
What’s wrong with the accent in my name? Microsoft has a major base in Ireland and there are plenty of SeÃ¡n’s here, yet I’ve had this issue in every generation of Word since version 6.0 for Windows 3.1!
So, I chose “Add to dictionary” once again…
… which becomes grammar error #3:
What do you mean my name is a fragment and needs to be revised?
Forget that… Back to my e-mail client and time to press send.