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Microsoft Editor vs. ProWritingAid

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

ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid is a grammar and style checker that also provides reporting to improve your writing. It includes options for creative writing, business writing, and academic writing, with scoring of variety, readability, passive voice, and other indicators of writing health.

Screenshot of example edits by ProWritingAid

Offerings

  • Free version provides basic grammar and spelling checks through its website and browser extensions
  • Premium version has no word count limits, a desktop app, a writers resource library, and unlimited writing reports
  • Premium Plus version has everything the premium version has along with 60 plagiarism checks per year
  • Enterprise plan for teams includes account management, custom integrations, and team analytics

Reviews

ProWritingAid has 4,523 ratings and 200,000+ users on their Chrome Web Store with an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 (as of May 2022)

Pros

  • Includes scoring on variety of axes
  • Enterprise plan provides term base items and style guide rules
  • Many integrations including for Microsoft office and Google Docs
  • Premium version offers a plagiarism checker

Cons

  • Not focused on business use cases
  • No snippets or macros

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MS Word (Win/Mac)
MS Outlook (Win/Mac)
Google Docs
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Style Guide
Tone Prediction
Autocomplete
Snippets / Macros
Suggested Responses
Customization
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Built for Support
Multiple Languages
Custom Models
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HIPAA
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Self-Hosting