PowerPoint and Skype to Get Live Captions, Subtitles

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, Office 365, Skype with 6 Comments

Microsoft is introducing a major feature for PowerPoint and Skype. The company is launching live captioning and subtitles for both Skype and PowerPoint today.

On Skype, you will be able to enable live captions during calls. Skype will then automatically display captions in your call, and they will automatically scroll as people talk in your call. The app will let you scroll through all the captions on its own side window in the coming months.

On PowerPoint, the feature works similarly: as the presenter talks, you can display live captions underneath the slides. The feature apparently uses AI to automatically adapt to different content and context to improve the captions. Users will also be able to easily customize the size, position and appearance of the subtitles.

The new feature are supposed to improve inclusivity on both Skype and PowerPoint, so it will likely be a welcome addition for many. The feature will be available to Office 365 subscribers on PowerPoint in late January 2019, and it’s available on Skype today. Skype will also be getting support for translation of 20 languages in the coming weeks.

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