Microsoft also added that translations to support over 20 languages will be released in the coming weeks. And one of the big target markets they are after is the hard of hearing market.
The feature was announced on the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is designed primarily to help disabled people to keep up with content on these platforms. For now, the subtitles will automatically scroll, but Microsoft said that a future update will let you view them in a side window so as not to obscure the screen.
The new technology has been launched for Skype. The subtitles feature is part of Microsoft's AI work through which the company has been providing captions and translations to audiences. The live captions and subtitles are supported in Windows with Skype version 14, Android with Skype version 8, iOS, MacOS, and Linux.
Apart from that, PowerPoint will also be getting live captions and subtitles, and according to Microsoft, this feature is powered by AI so that the live captions and subtitles can be done in real-time, meaning that while the presenter is presenting his/her content, the AI will in translating or processing the words so that it will result in flawless captions/subtitles or translations.
Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 and it hasn't always been clear sailing for what was once the leading peer-to-peer online calling service.
In order to enable the feature in Skype, viewers must go into Skype's settings during a call and select the "more" button (it's a + sign) and then "turn subtitles on". The transcription of the presentation will be provided in real-time on PowerPoint slides as subtitles or captions. To turn off, click on Turn subtitles off. These real-time translations will be real-time in nature and users will be able to turn them on and off with a simple setting toggle for specific calls.
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