Google has improved the spelling and grammar corrections available for G Suite users. Using artificial intelligence, Gmail can make spelling suggestions as well point out grammar issues. Spelling mistakes will be updated automatically, while grammar suggestions will appear inline, although they won’t be fixed automatically. Unlike spelling, grammar is often disagreed about among linguists, according to a blog post from Google.
For both spelling and grammar checks, neither administrators nor users need to take any actions— the updates will occur automatically. The feature can also be disabled if the user wishes. Currently, autocorrection is only available in English. Vishnu Sivaji, Product Manager at G Suite, wrote in the blog post,
“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.”
Grammarly Competes With G Suite
One of G Suite’s grammar and spell check competitors is Grammarly, a free extension that correct complex grammatical errors for about 22 million Chrome users. In February of 2018, Grammarly had to issue a quick fix for a “high severity” bug that would have allowed website to access many important documents, history, and logs from Grammarly users. Tavis Ormandy, a Google Zero researcher, identified the bug, which was leaking authentication tokens. However, Grammarly quickly fixed the issue on its extensions for both Chrome and Firefox. No user information was compromised, according to Grammarly.
Moving forward, Grammarly will be monitoring its extensions and apps for any unusual activity, they told Gizmodo in an interview. Similar to G Suite’s recent update, Grammarly is powered by artificial intelligence. It’s available not only in G Suite, but also in Microsoft Outlook, Facebook Messengers, Yahoo mail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and more.