Natural language support has just been added to Microsoft To Do. Users may now input task specifics into the app, and To Do will extract relevant information for an entry. For instance, if you type “submit project report tomorrow,” the software will set the deadline for the next day.

Natural language allows you to add a due date, a reminder, and schedule an activity to repeat regularly. In a Tech Community article, Microsoft gives some examples of how to use the new capabilities.

Works for English, for now

In some circumstances, a term might have two meanings, causing Microsoft To Do to produce a notification you don’t need. The app allows you to disable smart date and time recognition on a case-by-case basis. For example, you might include a reminder that reads “get food for June,” referring to a June cat and not the month. You can make Microsoft To Do unrecognize a highlighted word by pressing the backspace key.

Natural language support is currently only available in Microsoft To Do for Windows. The functionality is also only available to people who have English as their default language (EN-).

The natural language software market

The global natural language processing (NLP) market was valued at $10 billion in 2020, and it is expected to increase at a substantial compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.2% from 2021 to 2030. By 2030, the market is anticipated to be worth $63.0 billion.

North America is predicted to lead the worldwide natural language processing (NLP) market throughout the forecast period, with the largest share. The market in North America is expected to develop due to increasing investments in machine learning and natural language processing and fast technical breakthroughs.