Skype to aid real-time transcription and AI captions in early 2019

Skype to offer real-time captions

And one of the big target markets they are after is the hard of hearing market.

In conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Microsoft announced that both Skype and PowerPoint will be getting live captions and subtitles so that the applications can accommodate for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

To get started, all you need to do is to turn translations on through a simple setting toggle. The new feature will take its cue from the current PowerPoint Presentation Translator add-in, which will still be around. The feature apparently uses AI to automatically adapt to different content and context to improve the captions. The two features, according to the video-calling app, work on the latest version of Skype for one-on-one calls with friends, coworker, or to any phone number. The text will appear on screen either in the speaker's native language or in a different language via translation. In their present form, the captions and subtitles are created to automatically scroll during the call, but users will soon have other viewing options, according to Microsoft. To set captions and subtitles as the default for all Skype calls, click on your profile picture.

This type of feature is something we have seen become a trait of Microsoft who has already made similar steps in both making the Windows 10 operating system more useable to many people with visual disabilities, along with making an Xbox controller that caters for various types of physical disabilities.

The live captions and subtitles option is claimed to be fast, continuous and contextually updated as people speak. Users can turn the feature off whenever they want, as well. Users can toggle translations on, at which point they'll have subtitles in their selected language to read during the call.

Microsoft has added the option to show subtitles when you're in a Skype call.

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