PowerPoint and Skype to Get Live Captions, Subtitles

Skype and Power Point to get AI-powered captions and subtitles feature

Starting early 2019, Microsoft will also be bringing real-time captions and subtitles to PowerPoint. Translation support is coming soon as well.

To use them for every call by default, users will need to head into Settings Calling Call subtitles, and turn on "Show subtitles for all voice and video calls". The captions and subtitles will be accessible for Office 365 subscribers using PowerPoint on Windows 10, PowerPoint for Mac, and PowerPoint Online. Both these features will rely on the company's artificial intelligence technology. The company is launching live captioning and subtitles for both Skype and PowerPoint today.

The AI-powered feature is designed to facilitate communication for all users, in particular people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and create "a more inclusive experience" where users can get real-time transcription of what's being said in a Skype call, Microsoft said in the post. In a future update, however, it will be possible to manually scroll through subtitles and take advantage of additional viewing options.

As it is, the feature automatically scrolls through in your call. "Live captions & subtitles are optimized to be fast, continuous, and contextually updated as people speak". The new feature will take its cue from the current PowerPoint Presentation Translator add-in, which will still be around. Skype team don't want users to miss a moment, be it in a video or in the live subtitles. This will allow the user to read subtitles in the language of their choosing. Users will be able to better communicate and learn new languages from other friends across the world in a feature that is set to be launched over the next couple of weeks.

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