Microsoft and Google have new tools to help you improve your writing skills

Nobody is perfect, and despite all the time we spend typing in email, social media, word processors, and text messaging, mistakes happen. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work on improving your writing habits.

Perhaps the most important time to check your spelling and grammar is when you are working on your resume. Imagine qualifying for a great job and then being missed due to careless mistakes. This can negatively impact your work ethic and make your job harder. Tap or click here for five tips to avoid making mistakes on your resume.

We’ve come a long way from the simple spell checker built into word processing software. Many apps now come with their own spell checking tools, and you can always go online to use free third-party software as well. Read on for a few examples.

Microsoft’s answer

Microsoft’s Edge browser has come a long way, adding a password monitor and generator, new themes, more privacy controls, automatic coupon scans, dark mode, and more. Tap or click here to see how Edge compares to Chrome.

Microsoft Editor is an extension you can add to Edge or Google Chrome that uses artificial intelligence to provide suggestions and corrections for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Style tips for clarity, conciseness, formality, and vocabulary are also included to improve your writing skills. The editor works with social media, email, and word processing apps.

The editor is free, but you need a Microsoft account to use it.

Tap or click here to get the Editor for Edge.

Tap or click here to get the editor for Chrome.

Here comes Google

Google has announced “Assistive Writing Features” for Google Docs that aim to strengthen your writing style, rather than just correcting your spelling and grammar.

You’ll get prompts to use an active voice, better word choice, concise sentences, including speech, and word warnings as you type. Tone and style suggestions are underlined in purple. Select the underline for a suggestion that you can decline or accept.

Google started rolling out these features in late March, but not all Workspace users have access:

  • choice of words, active voice, conciseness and Including language will be available to Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Education Plus subscribers.
  • Word Warnings will be available to Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, and Teaching and Learning Upgrade subscribers.

Other popular options

Grammarly offers free spelling, grammar, and punctuation suggestions. You can subscribe to the Premium and Business plans starting at $12 per month to get more tools including style, plagiarism detection, word choice, fluency and more. Tap or click here for more information.

Hemingway Editor works right in your browser with no download required. You can simply copy and paste your text into the dialog box and the program will check your grammar, spelling, voice, sentence structure and more. The highlight color indicates the error or suggestion. Check it out at There’s also an app you can buy for $19.99 if you want to work offline.

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