Thank Microsoft for autocorrect

Here's a fun fact for this week: Microsoft are responsible for one of the most useful features of modern word processors and touchscreen keyboards.

Microsoft Word 6.0 first included a feature called AutoCorrect, boasting that it could "easily correct capital letters" and even "correct your common misspellings" if you choose to customize the software to your liking. You'll never type "teh" again as Word 6.0 would automatically correct the typo.

This was way back in 1993, a long time before devices such as the iPhone started penetrating the market, requiring autocorrect to combat some of the issues associated with using a touchscreen keyboard. Word 6.0's implementation of the technology was a bit more primitive and less aggressive than what you'll find now, but it was just the first iteration of the helpful tool.

So just remember when you're sending a text to one of your mates that Microsoft first thought of the idea.

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Neobond said,
I never understood why this was never implemented in IE until Windows 8 (IE10). Other browsers have had it for years!

Probably same reason why MS was late to the game with tabbed browsing.
The feature exist somewhere else in the OS, want to use it, use that.

Shadowzz said,

Probably same reason why MS was late to the game with tabbed browsing.
The feature exist somewhere else in the OS, want to use it, use that.

Bla bla bla

Seriously ... taskbar <<< tabbed browsing.

"So just remember when you're sending a text to one of your mates that Microsoft first thought of the idea."
Microsoft had the idea to text my mate? oO?

Autocorrect feature came before the time Microsoft introduced Clippy the office assistant, just as well because he was an annoying aunt

So ultimately MS is to blame for the terrible thing that is autocorrect. Seriously, it generally works like **** for languages that have tons of inflections like Finnish.

I much prefer how the Manual correct jailbreak reverses how iOS autocorrection works. It gives more control to the user.

But how it is implemented in Windows 8 is not so great for people who use the virtual keyboard on a tablet. It would have been great if Microsoft enabled a more aggressive form of autocorrect when you are using the virtual keyboard.

daCrazyDude said,
But how it is implemented in Windows 8 is not so great for people who use the virtual keyboard on a tablet. It would have been great if Microsoft enabled a more aggressive form of autocorrect when you are using the virtual keyboard.

It already is more aggressive if you use the touch keyboard on a tablet... physical keyboard simply underlines in red... touch keyboard autocorrects.

And it took them this long to implement system wide auto-correct? Even IE lagged behind in implementing this feature when both Chrome and Firefox had it.

It's great and all, but in it's current form on Windows 8 it still feels like its lagged behind.

For instance, if I type "danve" on my iPhone it will automatically make it "dance". Where as if I made the same spelling error in Word (2013) it would still give me a red underscore where I would have to right-click it, and select the correct word from multiple, like 'dane', 'dance' 'dive' or 'danger'. I would like it to correct the same way as the iphone so that I can fat-finger the keyboard


PS Same goes for the word 'i' if i write 'i' on an iPhone it corrects it to 'I', but i have to right click it to make capitalise it in Word.

You must be missing endless jokes on iPhone's auto-correct mistakes.
Also 'i' always becomes 'I' in Word. Not sure what MS Word you are talking about.

Tidus4eva said,
It's great and all, but in it's current form on Windows 8 it still feels like its lagged behind.

For instance, if I type "danve" on my iPhone it will automatically make it "dance". Where as if I made the same spelling error in Word (2013) it would still give me a red underscore where I would have to right-click it, and select the correct word from multiple, like 'dane', 'dance' 'dive' or 'danger'. I would like it to correct the same way as the iphone so that I can fat-finger the keyboard


PS Same goes for the word 'i' if i write 'i' on an iPhone it corrects it to 'I', but i have to right click it to make capitalise it in Word.

MDboyz said,
You must be missing endless jokes on iPhone's auto-correct mistakes.
Also 'i' always becomes 'I' in Word. Not sure what MS Word you are talking about.


You can check the option to autocorrect or, if unchecked, the misspelled word will have the red underscore.

Tidus4eva said,
It's great and all, but in it's current form on Windows 8 it still feels like its lagged behind.

For instance, if I type "danve" on my iPhone it will automatically make it "dance". Where as if I made the same spelling error in Word (2013) it would still give me a red underscore where I would have to right-click it, and select the correct word from multiple, like 'dane', 'dance' 'dive' or 'danger'. I would like it to correct the same way as the iphone so that I can fat-finger the keyboard


PS Same goes for the word 'i' if i write 'i' on an iPhone it corrects it to 'I', but i have to right click it to make capitalise it in Word.

dude.. you're just plain wrong about the lower case "I" not getting autocorrected into upper case.

proof: http://memories.nokia.com/en/i...8a34-4931-b7dc-7bf1aa898312

Tidus4eva said,

PS Same goes for the word 'i' if i write 'i' on an iPhone it corrects it to 'I', but i have to right click it to make capitalise it in Word.

Color me confused here. If you type "i " (note, the space after the I) then you'll get auto capitalization (since that is a basic rule of English). If you were to type the brand name "iPhone" then it would accept that without any auto correction (at least it does on Word 2013 on Windows 7).

So, what exactly are you typing that is getting auto-corrected that way?

Additionally, Word on your PC doesn't, and shouldn't auto complete and correct every word you type. It should, and does, do it for the most common misspelling, but anything else it lets you manually chose. Since you have a full keyboard at your disposal it should, and does, assume that, in general, you meant to type the letters you typed. It falls back to you being right not itself. Otherwise, it would be a nightmare constantly correcting Word as it thinks some non-standard word is a typo for something else. Not cool.

Fritzly said,

You can check the option to autocorrect or, if unchecked, the misspelled word will have the red underscore.

Thats right. In Microsoft you get the "choice" to "customize" your experience. With Apple - THEY decide choice and customization for you.

Tidus4eva said,
It's great and all, but in it's current form on Windows 8 it still feels like its lagged behind.

For for the word 'i' if i write 'i' on an iPhone it corrects it to 'I', but i have to right click it to make capitalise it in Word.

I don't know about you, but when im typing up a document, which usually needs to be up to the highest standards, I want to be able to see which words I typed wrong and/or need to check out. Of course I could read over, but this makes it easier.

Kunal Nanda said,

Thats right. In Microsoft you get the "choice" to "customize" your experience. With Apple - THEY decide choice and customization for you.


That's wrong, or at least a bad example. If you had actually used an iOS device, you'd know that it gives you the option to ignore what it thinks the correct word is.

Tidus4eva said,

For instance, if I type "danve" on my iPhone it will automatically make it "dance". Where as if I made the same spelling error in Word (2013) it would still give me a red underscore where I would have to right-click it, and select the correct word from multiple, like 'dane', 'dance' 'dive' or 'danger'. I would like it to correct the same way as the iphone so that I can fat-finger the keyboard

Windows 8 already does this... if you use the touch keyboard. If you use a physical keyboard, it simply underlines it with a red squiggly. If you use the touch keyboard, it autocorrects it... so 'danve' becomes 'dance' without any additional interaction needed.

All above have pretty much rebutted your comment, but just to add that in Word, if you right-click a red underlined misspelling, you can select auto correct to make it the word you want, after which it will automatically replace that mispelling.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
It's just a shame it took TWO DECADES for MS to introduce this feature to Windows.

Better late than never. The glass is half full.

"So just remember when you're sending a text to one of your mates that Microsoft first thought of the idea." WILL DO.