Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

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

Skype adds live captions in video calls

Both PowerPoint and Skype will support live captions and subtitles, Microsoft announced in a blog post marking the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Microsoft is looking to level the playing field in PowerPoint with live captions and subtitles. 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. "In addition, captions and subtitles can be displayed in the same language or in a different one, allowing non-native speakers to get a translation of a presentation". The new feature will help presenters better communicate their messages to the audience.

Microsoft is introducing a major feature for PowerPoint and Skype.

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At the time of launch, PowerPoint will support people presenting in over 10 spoken languages. The caption feature will begin appearing for users today, but it may take several weeks to reach everyone.

Live captions and subtitles are part of Microsoft's ongoing effort to make its applications and services more inclusive, especially to those with certain disabilities.

As of now, the captions and subtitles will automatically scroll in the call. After the call has started, press the + button and select the option to Turn subtitles on. 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. Turn on the switch to Show subtitles for all voice and video calls. Google, Apple, Facebook, and a few others have gone the extra mile to roll out features that aid users with different impairments, and hopefully the rest follow suit.

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