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Microsoft is adding live captions and subtitles to PowerPoint

By Shawn Knight ยท 4 replies
Dec 3, 2018
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  1. Live presentations can be a powerful platform to teach and inspire but not everyone experiences them in the same manner. If you speak a different language than a presenter or are hard of hearing or deaf, you may not get as much out of a presentation as someone without those barriers.

    Microsoft is looking to level the playing field in PowerPoint with live captions and subtitles.

    Starting in late January 2019 for Office 365 subscribers, PowerPoint will have the ability to provide captions and subtitles in real-time. At launch, the AI-powered feature will support 12 spokes languages and 60+ caption / subtitle languages.

    Microsoft said its speech recognition tech can automatically adapt to the presented content for more accurate recognition of specialized terminology and names. Presenters will also have the ability to customize the size, position and appearance of subtitles.

    A similar feature already exists as an add-on called Presentation Translator although it's not quite as robust as what Microsoft is getting ready to bake directly into PowerPoint.

    Microsoft this past May announced a five-year, $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Over the past three years, the Redmond tech giant has added some 30 accessibility features to Office 365.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,397   +3,782

    Appears that it dosen't take much to make the presentation entirely automated now, thus eliminating the presenter, who can take a much needed coffee break ......
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    Awesome news, making presentations more powerful and accessible sure sounds great.

    Kudos for continually looking at the bright side of things, lovely input.
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. Humza

    Humza TechSpot Staff Posts: 290   +138

    Is anyone else bothered by the misspelled 'desicion' or is it just me?
  5. dob_1

    dob_1 TS Booster Posts: 67   +38

    Is this only for the subscription version of Office 365? Or is it going to be rolled out to versions that can be purchased and don't continually drain the bank account to keep Microsoft the world's highest valued company?

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