Microsoft brings a Clippy-like helper to its refreshed Office Web Apps

Microsoft is refreshing its Office Web Apps this week with a new user interface and some feature additions. The most significant change is a new “Tell Me” bar that sits at the top of documents and allows users to simply type out questions when they need document help. Not to be confused with Microsoft’s TellMe voice service, the Office Web Apps “Tell Me” feature will surface features based on the query. Given the complexity of the desktop versions of Office, it’s not unreasonable to assume this same feature might make its way to those apps in future. It’s not quite Clippy, but it’s a basic helper that, unlike Microsoft’s traditional online documentation, is simple to use.

Alongside new feature additions like Tell Me,…

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