Last year, Microsoft announced text predictions for Microsoft Word. The feature uses a Machine Learning model to make suggestions based on the text typed by the user. Soon after the announcement, Microsoft rolled the feature out to 50% of Beta Channel users.
Now, it looks like Microsoft is ready to make the feature available to everyone. According to a recent entry to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, text predictions will roll out to Microsoft Word users in March. Microsoft notes that the feature will help "users write more efficiently by predicting text quickly, timely and accurately."
Once rolled out, Word users will see grayed out predictions which can be accepted by pressing the 'Tab' key or rejected by pressing the 'Esc' key. Over time, these predictions will get better based on the user's writing style. If you are not interested in using predictions, you will be able to turn them off completely as well.
Microsoft notes that no data will "leave the tenant boundary" and no human will see it unless "donated as part of the feedback mechanism." Word users can navigate to Help > Feedback to send any complaints or suggestions to Microsoft. Earlier this month, Microsoft also started rolling out text prediction support to Outlook users.