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Microsoft Editor vs. LanguageTool

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 1,944 ratings and 1,000,000+ users on their Chrome Web Store with an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 (as of Feb. 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 it’s 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

LanguageTool

LanguageTool is a multilingual grammar and spell checker. It includes an open-source edition as well as a premium business edition. The key languages support included English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Screenshot of example edits by LanguageTool

Offerings

  • Free version provides basic grammar, punctuation, and style checking
  • Premium version has enhanced grammar, punctuation, and style checking as well as suggestions to improve style and tone, add-in for Microsoft Word, and add-on for Google Docs
  • Enterprise version provides everything the premium version does along with user management

Reviews

LanguageTool has 6,842 ratings and 1,000,000+ users on their Chrome Web Store with an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 (as of Feb. 2022)

Pros

  • Can detect of incorrect names and titles in e-mails as well as incorrect numbers
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Separately there exists an open-source offering

Cons

  • Free version only provides up to 10,000 characters per text
  • Premium version only allows up to 100,000 characters per text field
  • Grammar checker has limited capabilities as it has rule-based recommendations
  • Not focused on business use cases

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Integrations
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
Security
HIPAA
SOC 2 (Type II)
API Access
Self-Hosting