Internet Explorer 10 to bring browser-based auto-correct

One of the new neat features coming to Internet Explorer 10 is the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct. As the Internet Explorer blog points out, this will complement the system-wide spell check to be offered to all applications running in Windows 8, in addition to built-in spell check for IE10 on Windows 7.

Like with oh-so-many technological innovations of our time, auto-correct makes our life easier, and serves as the bane of our existence. It's a great improvement from the days of yelling at your old feature phone's T9 corrector to memorize names of streets or friends that don't currently exist in its built-in dictionary, all while managing to type away with just 9 keys.

At the same time, auto-correct serves as a source of great amusement - well, perhaps more embarrassment than amusement. So let's see how Microsoft will help out with typos on the keyboards of today, and the Windows 8 tablets of tomorrow:

Got a mistyped word? It'll change it for you automatically. If you don't like the change, you can hit CTRL+Z or bring up the context menu via SHIFT+F10 or the menu key.

If the last word you entered isn't something that appears to be an English word at first glance, then Internet Explorer will turn to the system-wide spell checker for suggestions:

You can try out these changes right now using Internet Explorer 10 in the Windows Developer Preview. One of the greatest features of it is the fact that your custom dictionary will sync via the cloud. If you're logged on with a Windows Live ID to a Windows workstation, you'll have your dictionary synchronized from any other Windows 8 PC you've logged into. Impressive, and very useful, especially if Microsoft adds this to Windows Phone 8.

While auto-correct sounds great (so long as it isn't as amusing as its siblings on other platforms), we wonder why this functionality isn't offered system-wide as is the case of the spell checker? Perhaps a third party addon can answer to that.

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Joey S said,
Yeah it's not like every other browser has had this feature for years lol. Late to the party much IE?

LOL! No other browser in the world has auto-correct. IE, as always, is ahead of the competition.

So far Auto Correct's working great in IE 10 on Windows 8. Great job Microsoft. But the system wide spell check isn't working on my Windows 8.

xpclient said,
So far Auto Correct's working great in IE 10 on Windows 8. Great job Microsoft. But the system wide spell check isn't working on my Windows 8.

It's a developer preview. It's not even beta. Therefore, things will be broken\non-existent\the same as Windows 7. Give them time, Microsoft employees are not miracle workers.

Took long enough. It's great that Windows 8 will have spell-checking throughout the entire OS and will sync to the cloud. From my experience, WP7 has the best spell-checking and auto-correcting on a mobile OS. It still doesn't beat iOS accuracy when auto-correct isnt present, like in email boxes or badly coded apps.

I tend to use lots of words that I've made up, so typing texts on my iPhone is an absolute nightmare for me and this feature in my browser would probably make me cry with frustration.
That being said, it'd be great for sorting out illiterate plebs!

It will probably be implemented very similarly to what you'll find on WP7. To add a new word to your dictionary, you simply tap it after you type it and you'll see a "+ [word]" as the first suggestion.

Hopefully, Windows and Windows Phone will share the same dictionary that is synced to the cloud.

iKenndac said,
Safari on Lion already has autocorrect, as does every app on Lion that uses Cocoa and doesn't explicitly disable it.

Exciting. I could have sworn the article mentioned Windows and Internet Explorer...

testman said,

Exciting. I could have sworn the article mentioned Windows and Internet Explorer...

The article also says "Internet Explorer 10 is the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct". Wrong, other browsers have autocorrect already. That was my point.

iKenndac said,

Wrong, other browsers have autocorrect already. That was my point.

Annnnd, you're right about that.

iKenndac said,

The article also says "Internet Explorer 10 is the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct". Wrong, other browsers have autocorrect already. That was my point.

It seems that your point is also off the mark since the part you quoted says "browser based autocorrect" yet you yourself state that Safari on Lion and "every other app that uses cocoa" has this already unless they disable it. So in the end it's not "browser based" but OS based right? Thus, the original line you argued seems to stand true.

GP007 said,

It seems that your point is also off the mark since the part you quoted says "browser based autocorrect" yet you yourself state that Safari on Lion and "every other app that uses cocoa" has this already unless they disable it. So in the end it's not "browser based" but OS based right? Thus, the original line you argued seems to stand true.

Safari still has it's own auto-correct engine: http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/18...to-correct-safari-mac-os-x/

So he's correct. Perhaps the blog writer just wasn't aware of it. I surely wasn't.

wixostrix said,

Safari still has it's own auto-correct engine: http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/18...to-correct-safari-mac-os-x/

So he's correct. Perhaps the blog writer just wasn't aware of it. I surely wasn't.

Wasn't aware of it either. However, if the OP is correct, I assume this is perhaps an app-specific exclusion from the OS's autocorrect engine?

In addition, what I forgot to mention in the article was that it's "browser-based" in the sense that webpages can add an attribute 'spellcheck=false' to a textarea element to disable spellcheck.

The auto-correct feature had better be able to be turned off, just as one can do for Word. Computers, trying to be helpful, so often create more problems. Microsoft, hint!

On a better note this is the first small inkling of how Windows-8 is going to be an improvement for keyboard-centric touch typists. All the ballihoo about the Metro interface has gotten so sickening; as it totally ignores keyboard-centric touch typists.

TsarNikky said,
The auto-correct feature had better be able to be turned off, just as one can do for Word. Computers, trying to be helpful, so often create more problems. Microsoft, hint!

Obviously you'll be able to turn it off.

Denis W said,
Spell check, yes. But we're talking about auto-correct.

On the Mac I believe every browser has autocorrect, because it's built in the OS. Safari has it for sure. Other than that, the developers basically have to do a small change to their text areas and voilĂ .

But on Windows, does Safari provide autocorrect like on the Mac? And I'm even more clueless about Opera and Firefox.

PyX said,

But on Windows, does Safari provide autocorrect like on the Mac? And I'm even more clueless about Opera and Firefox.

Safari on Windows doesn't do autocorrect (typing in it now). Let's not go into spell check with each browser maintaining their own dictionaries...