Microsoft Introduces New Alarm Clock Feature For Word That Tries To Suggest PC Alternatives
Microsoft has included a new feature in the latest version of its Word software that acts as an inclusiveness checker and offers PC alternatives to phrases that might bother others.
Traditionally, Microsoft Word has offered tools to its 250 million users, such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar checking software.
But now the tech giant has added additional functionality that reads a user’s work and examines whether the language used may offend an individual.
The sun reports that it does so by highlighting phrases emphasizing gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity and “socioeconomic status.”
Tech giant Microsoft has added additional functionality that reads a user’s work and examines whether the language used may offend an individual
The feature, which produces a purple line below any words or phrases it deems potentially problematic, can be turned on and off in Word’s settings.
Microsoft Word also used red lines for spelling mistakes and green lines for grammatical errors.
After highlighting the issue of inclusiveness, Word’s new functionality will offer more acceptable alternatives, including changing Postman Pat to “mailman” or “postal worker.”
The software also suggested changing the famous quote from astronaut Neil Armstrong from “a giant leap for mankind” to “mankind” or “mankind”.
In 2020, Microsoft also released an update for Word that highlighted a double space as an error.
Current versions of the software highlight the erroneous double space with a blue line, highlighting a grammatical error.
The feature, which produces a purple line below any words or phrases it deems potentially problematic, can be turned on and off in Word’s settings
Popular use of double-spacing is a hangover from the typing days, when even-width characters in “monospaced” fonts required clearer endings.
The introduction of proportional-spacing typewriters in 1944, however, began the process of rendering the extra space unnecessary to ensure easy readability.
Nonetheless, the tradition of double spacing continued – and is often found among people who first learned to type on a typewriter.
The news comes after last month, when a poll found Microsoft ranked among the top most trusted tech companies in the United States, with 43% of survey participants suggesting they trusted the company “a lot. /many”.
The new software also follows reports earlier this month that the computer programming flaw known as the Millennium Bug that plagued PCs in 2000 had returned, with Microsoft Exchange users reporting similar problems accessing to emails 22 years later.
As the clock struck midnight on New Years Eve, Microsoft customers reported suffering from a reappearance of the Millennium bug that hit PCs in 2000 (stock image)
The problem of removing exchange servers around the world began when the clock struck midnight on New Years Eve.
Microsoft system administrators have dubbed the Y2K22 problem in reference to the Y2K bug, a computer programming issue that plagued some computers around the turn of the millennium 22 years ago.
As the new millennium approached, computer programmers realized that their software might not interpret 00 as 2000, but as 1900 – a problem many feared could be a disaster for governments, companies, banks and industries around the world.
Many economists predicted a global recession, and doomsday flyers warning of doomsday fallout from computer malfunctions were published en masse in the late 1990s.
Fortunately, the computer apocalypse never happened, with only minimal disruption recorded, but the problem returned to some Microsoft Exchange servers 22 years later.
The UK government issued flyers about the bug in the late 1990s. As the new millennium approached, computer programmers realized that their software might interpret 00 not as 2000, but as 1900 – a problem they faced. many feared it would be a disaster for governments, businesses, banks and industries around the world.
The problem stems from how Microsoft names updates for its malware scanning engine, which uses the year, month, and date before another four-digit number, called an update number.
For example, in this case, the update number would be 220101, followed by 0001.
This system is used to track updates, with the most recent update assigned a higher value.
But the field where the update number is stored appears to have a 31-bit limit, which means the maximum value that can be entered is two to the 31st power, or 2,147,483,648.
When the schedule passed until 2022, the naming system exceeded the maximum value and failed.
As a result, Microsoft’s anti-malware analysis software, which queues and checks messages before they are delivered to the recipient, queues emails and does not send them. .
In response to reports of the recurrence of the problem, Microsoft said earlier this month that engineers had “been working around the clock on a fix.”