GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that its AI-powered grammar check is ready for prime time and rolling out now to G Suite users.
The robo sub-editor was first announced at Google's Cloud Next conference in July last year, but at the time was made available exclusively to select business users and could only be activated by a company administrator.
Google this week announced that its new machine learning-powered grammar checker is now live in Google Docs for G Suite users, and can be used by paid G Suite Basic, Business, and Enterprise customers.
The souped-up spellchecker will throw up "inline, contextual grammar suggestions" in documents as users type, Google says, adding that its use of machine learning will allow it to identify more of the complex grammatical concepts that are almost never noticed by traditional spellcheckers.
"Using machine translation, we are able to recognize errors and suggest corrections as work is getting done. We worked closely with linguists to decipher the rules for the machine translation model and used this as the foundation of automatic suggestions in your Docs, all powered by AI," swooned Vishnu Sivaji, a G Suite product manager at Google, in a blog post.
"In doing so, machine translation techniques can catch a range of different corrections, from simple grammatical rules such as how to use 'a' versus 'an' in a sentence, to more complex grammatical concepts such as how to use subordinate clauses correctly."
Google's AI spellcheckers will be rolling out by default on 5 March, though it won't be available for free accounts G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits users.
However, Google's decision to have the feature switched on by default is likely a good indication that it'll soon so a wider consumer rollout.
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