If initially they were simply used to access Internet pages, browsers are now much more than that.

Their many built-in tools and available plugins have turned them into real Swiss Army knives.

Thanks to automatic translation and annotation tools, they are now an integral part of the work ecosystem of a large number of people around the world.

To continue this momentum, Microsoft announced that the Edge browser will now natively integrate a spelling, grammar and style checking tool.

Errors will be detected in all text fields.

Users will see wavy red lines for misspellings and blue wavy lines for grammar suggestions.

Then just click on those lines to get suggestions, which users can choose to ignore or accept.

This tool eliminates the need for users to copy and paste what they have written into word processing software before having to reintegrate it into their browser, a step that is both redundant and time consuming.

Nothing very new

This novelty is not, however, completely one.

This is because advanced Microsoft Edge users have long used the "Microsoft Editor" add-on.

The latter helps users by making suggestions for spelling, grammar or style correction.

Other external solutions also exist such as the "Grammarly" browser extension.

The native integration of this tool in the browser will however make it easy to give access to spell checking to the less tech-savvy.

It will also prevent users from having to reinstall the plugin every time they change computers.

The feature is currently being tested in the United States with English speaking Windows users.

It should soon be extended to all users.


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