Instead, Google Docs will use the web. Documents will be checked for spelling errors and words that are contextually misused such as “see” and “sea” or the all-too-commonly missed “you’re” and “your.” Google Docs will now underline misused words in red.
These improvements help Google Docs, which is free, inch closer to Microsoft Office.
“The neat thing about that system is that it’s adaptive: our suggestions get smarter and smarter based on the words Googlebot sees as it explores the web,” Yew Jin Lim, a Google Software Engineer, said on the Google Docs blog.
“Suggestions are constantly evolving. As Google crawls the web, we see new words, and if those new words become popular enough they’ll automatically be included in our spell checker — even pop culture terms, like Skrillex,” he said.
The new spell-checker is available in English for documents and presentations. Google will soon roll out a spell-checker update for other languages.
What do you think of the updates? Test it out and let us know if you find words Googlebot may be failing to identify as popular. Tell us in the comments below.