However, sometimes there are lots of texts to write or to transcribe and somehow, wishing that they could dictate the texts while the computer transcribes it for them. Well, wishes do come true as Microsoft announces on Tuesday the launching of Word transcription and Dictate feature.
Microsoft 365 subscribers can now use its Word for the Web app with its transcription function. Moreover, users of Word for Web and its mobile app version can navigate the Dictate feature that utilizes voice commands to edit and format the text.
Today, Word for the Web will be able to record and transcribe conversation within the range of the device’s microphone, and it can also transcribe pre-recorded audio files. .MP3, .WAV, .M4A, and .MP4 files are the supported audio formats applicable to the service. Moreover, the transcription service could identify the different speakers as “Speaker 1, “Speaker 2, “etc.
However, when it comes to recorded audio files, there are limited hours of audio that can be transcribed per month. According to Microsoft, “there is a five hour limit of transcription time per month for uploaded recordings and there is a file size limit of 200mb.”
In using the service, users should turn on the features in the Ribbon menu and look for the Dictate option, and under that is the Transcribe option. Then, users just let it record and save it by hitting the “Save and Transcribe” button.
Although the transcription is only available in Word for the Web in the browser, it will soon be accessible in Office Mobile by the end of the year. For now, the feature was launched in the United States with only the English language, but there is a possibility that it will soon be rolled out in other countries.
Dictate using Voice Commands
Dictate service has been around; however, there are no voice commands where users can edit the format and structure of the text in Word. Now, the dictate option is available with voice commands in devices such as Word for the Web, Word for Android, and iOS.
According to Microsoft, the voice commands enable the users to “bold last sentence” or “start list” as well as applying punctuation by just saying “percent sign” or “ampersand.” In addition, users can edit the text through the voice command by saying “delete,” “backspace,” or “insert space.”
The dictate option with voice commands is powered by artificial intelligence, Azure Cognitive Services, which currently supports 13 languages. In addition, it requires users to have a Microsoft account to be able to use the free feature in Office mobile apps and Word for the Web.