Microsoft Word Web App Gets a Bit of a Revamp

Microsoft is helping you organize your Office with a new tool that aims to let you make good on at least one of your New Year's resolutions. Redmond just rolled out a new version of its Word Web App.

Word Web App is an online destination that brings the core features of Microsoft Word to the browser. The online version now includes a Tell Me virtual assistant that provides shortcuts to actions users want to accomplish, as well as support for footnotes and endnotes. There's also a new, flatter look to all the Office Web apps more in line with the user interface for Windows 8.

The idea behind Tell Me is to help people overcome those "Word moments" when they know what they want to do but can't quite remember how to do it. A good example is, "How do I apply double spacing?" or "How do I make this page horizontal?" If you don't use the tools all the time it can be easy to forget, Microsoft said in a post on its Office blog.

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Redmond picked up the technology for Tell Me when it acquired Tellme Networks in 2007. Tellme was a provider of voice services, including nationwide directory assistance, enterprise customer service and voice-enabled mobile search.

Microsoft acquired the firm with the intention of offering more ways to use speech to access information, locate other people and enhance business processes, any time and from any device. Microsoft anticipated using the technology for hosted voice-enabled customer service solutions that complement its existing unified communications offerings. Word Web App, then, is a good example.

"Tell Me understands what you're trying to accomplish and helps you do it faster," Microsoft said. "So if I'm trying to make my document horizontal, Tell Me knows it's the orientation feature I'm looking...

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