Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft is adding live captions and subtitles to PowerPoint

Microsoft is adding live captions and subtitles to PowerPoint

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

"Today, Skype joins the world in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of call captioning with live captions & subtitles", the company writes in a blog post. When Skype users communicate with each other, there will be captions and subtitles on the bottom of the screen which will be auto-scrolled, but Microsoft promises that there will be additional viewing options in the future.

The new feature can be used on smartphones, tablets and Windows 10, version 14. 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.

The caption and subtitle feature enabled during video calls may also be beneficial to a wider population of Skype users, ranging from foreign language speakers or those who want to verify what was just said on a call in an area of spotty coverage where the audio feed may be cutting in and out.

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.

Make your presentations more inclusive with Live Captions & Subtitles in PowerPoint

For Skype, live captions and subtitles are immediately available as a way to display text of the conversation.

Starting early 2019, Microsoft will also be bringing real-time captions and subtitles to PowerPoint.

As for Skype, Live captions & subtitles will also let you read the words that are spoken during one-on-one and group calls. Once you switch on it, you will be able to read the subtitles in your choosing language during every call.

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