The future of Office may lie in 'decomposable' documents

| June 15, 2016

The future of Office may lie in 'decomposable' documents
"Microsoft wants you to spend less time thinking about Office and more time getting things done. An executive who helped design one of Office's most iconic features outlined a plan for its future on Tuesday, one that calls for smarter software assisted by AI and ""decomposable"" documents that are easier to find. ""No one wants to necessarily learn about the ins and outs of the tool; they have something that they're trying to get done,"" said Julie Larson-Green, chief experience officer for Microsoft Office, when asked about the future of the software at a Bloomberg conference. Microsoft has already added AI-powered features to the latest versions of Office that help people find functions they're looking for, and more AI is coming. In future, components that make up documents will be broken apart and searchable, Larson-Green said. That would allow a user to find a particular chart or table embedded in an email, for instance, and do it without manually digging through their files."

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