Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

A person holds a mobile phone displaying the Skype logo in Ankara Turkey

A person holds a mobile phone displaying the Skype logo in Ankara Turkey

Microsoft is powering Skype and PowerPoint with artificial intelligence (AI) technology, adding live captions and subtitles feature to Skype calls and PowerPoint presentations. 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. Launched to coincide with the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the service allowx those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read words that are spoken during audio or video calls in Skype. In its current form, users can turn on captions and subtitles for a single call or set it to appear for every call.

The live captions and subtitles will be "fast, continuous, and contextually updated as people speak", said the software giant.

Just last month, Microsoft announced that you can now call mobile and landlines using SkypeOut and saying "Alexa, call Ken on Skype" to make a call.

The new feature is created to contribute on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Live captions and subtitles will support 12 spoken languages and display on-screen in more than 60 different languages.

Microsoft also added that translations to support over 20 languages will be released in the coming weeks. The captions and subtitles will be accessible for Office 365 subscribers using PowerPoint on Windows 10, PowerPoint for Mac, and PowerPoint Online. The live captions and subtitles are supported in Windows with Skype version 14, Android with Skype version 8, iOS, MacOS, and Linux. 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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