Google is putting its AI to work to solve all grammatical problems.
The company is finally adding a grammar check feature to Google Docs — one that will be able to address even complicated grammatical errors. The new feature was announced Tuesday at the Google Cloud Next conference, alongside updates to its automated email-writing features.
With the new feature, which is available to businesses as part of its early adopter program, Google Docs will use the same AI tech that powers its translation features to detect grammatical errors and suggest corrections.
Surprisingly, Google Docs hasn’t had a built-in grammar check up until now. But the company says its new grammar suggestions go a step beyond the basic grammatical corrections you might expect.
“Our AI can catch several different types of corrections, from simple grammatical rules like how to use articles in a sentence (like “a” versus “an”), to more complicated grammatical concepts such as how to use subordinate clauses correctly. Machine learning will help improve this capability over time to detect trickier grammar issues,” Google wrote in a blog post.
Though the feature will only be available to businesses at launch, Google says it does plan to roll it out more broadly in the future.
The company is also ramping up its automated email-writing software. Smart Reply, Google’s feature that predicts how you want to respond to incoming messages, is now rolling out to Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack-like messaging service.
Like Smart Replies in Gmail and Inbox, the feature will kick in automatically when Google detects messages “most likely need responses,” and will give three suggested replies based on your habits. Available to G Suite subscribers “in the coming weeks.”