Software maker Microsoft has introduced transcription feature to Word. The new feature is available in Word’s online version for Microsoft 365 subscribers. It is called Transcribe in Word. The feature automatically transcribes audio. The company said that the new feature is not different from a regular speech recognition program. The feature lets users generate a transcript of the previously recorded conversation. Also, it can transcript an ongoing conversation in real-time. Transcribe in Word uses Azure Cognitive Services to the transcript in Word’s online version. The feature is capable of detecting multiple speakers. It also provides users with time-stamped audio. The new feature has come as a handy to journalists, students and researchers.
The company said that Transcribe in Word is available to all Microsoft 365 subscribers for free. To access it, one should have the new Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. The US tech firm said that it has plans to bring Transcribe in Word for Android and iOS apps. This could become possible by the end of 2020. Microsoft said that it uses Artificial Intelligence through Azure Cognitive Services to make transcriptions possible in the Word. There is also an option to revisit parts of the recording. Besides, users can manually edit the transcript wherever needed.
Microsoft said that it has enabled Transcribe in Word feature only in English. It will add other languages after considering its success and reviewing the experiences of users. The feature can be accessed only in the online version of Word by selecting the Transcribe option after clicking the drop-down button next to the Dictate icon. A transcript will be generated by uploading an audio file. The audio file should be in WAV, MP4, or MP3 format. For real-time, users will have to select start recording a conversation. For uploaded ones, the company has set a limit of five hours per month. The new feature is likely to give a tough fight to Google Docs which has great dominance in the online word processors.