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Hemingway vs. Microsoft Editor

Hemingway

Hemingway is a popular editor that helps writers make their writing more bold and clear. Given a document, Hemingway provides statistics such as number of words and paragraphs, a readability score, and suggestions for passive voice, complex phrases, and hard to read sentences.

Screenshot of example edits by Hemingway

Offerings

  • Web and desktop editor
  • Statistics including reading time, words, sentences, and paragraphs
  • Flagging of adverbs and passive voice
  • Flagging of complex phrases and sentences

Reviews

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Pros

  • Quick to use
  • Simple design and colorful interface that highlights different categories of errors
  • Desktop application runes offline

Cons

  • Not focused on business use cases
  • Relies on relatively simple heuristics
  • Doesn't suggest edits and no browser extension

Microsoft

Microsoft Editor is a grammar and spell check tool that catches grammar, capitalization, and punctuation errors. Beyond the basics, Microsoft Editor provides checks for clarity, conciseness, and formality. Support is offered for 20 different languages.

Screenshot of example edits by Microsoft Editor

Offerings

  • Free version allows use for 1 person and includes basic spelling and grammar
  • Premium Microsoft 365 Personal allows use for 1 person and includes advanced grammar, clarity, conciseness, formal language, vocabulary, and punctuation conventions
  • Microsoft 365 Family allows use for 2-6 people and includes everything in Microsoft 365 Personal

Reviews

Microsoft Editor has 2,447 ratings and 1,000,000+ users on their Chrome Web Store with an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 (as of May 2022)

Pros

  • The premium version offers advanced grammar checking including checks for clarity, conciseness, and formality
  • Supports 20 different languages
  • Integrations for most of Microsoft Office Suite
  • The premium version includes the desktop office apps Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneDrive cloud storage

Cons

  • Free version has limited features and its grammar checker is not thorough
  • Intended more for personal use; not built for teams
  • Does not offer autocomplete or snippets/macros
  • Doesn't offer API access or self-hosting

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MS Word (Win/Mac)
MS Outlook (Win/Mac)
Google Docs
Products & Features
Style Guide
Tone Prediction
Autocomplete
Snippets / Macros
Suggested Responses
Customization
Built for Sales
Built for Support
Multiple Languages
Custom Models
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HIPAA
SOC 2 (Type II)
API Access
Self-Hosting