Microsoft’s “Transcribe in Word” feature is out for Office 365 Users


  • Microsoft Introduces Transcribe in Word Services for Office 365 Subscribers.  
  • Azure Cognitive Services are behind this development.
  • Features of Transcribe in Word services. 
  • Upgradation of Voice Commands. 
  • What are the users looking forward to getting from Microsoft in the coming months?  

At the end of August, Microsoft announced the introduction of Transcription services in Microsoft Word. According to Microsoft’s announcement, they are making use of Azure Cognitive Services – an AI platform that detects vision, voice, and search capabilities.   

The Transcription Services by Microsoft allow you to visit different portions of your recording and edit it if you left out something. Moreover, the result is a time-stamped audio so that you do not miss out on anything. Users have the option to upload an audio or video into Word from the external sources as well. Thus, it is saving you a lot of time and effort.  

In Microsoft’s official blog post, Dan Parish, Principal Group PM Manager, stated that currently the service is supported in English Language only for Microsoft 365. However, Microsoft Edge and Chrome Browser users can avail it. As for now, there is a limit on uploaded transcription services that goes up to five hours per month, and 200 MB file size. On the other hand, within Word, there is no such limit, and you can transcribe an unlimited number of files.   

Dan Parish says: “Transcribe in Word enables you to stay focused on your conversation in the moment, saves you valuable time and energy by transcribing it for you, and is integrated into Word so you can focus on the message of your document and not fuss around with different windows or applications.”  

Besides, Microsoft has also upgraded its speech-to-text feature with additional voice commands, such as “start list” or “bold last sentence” etc. It now understands symbols like “percent sign”, in a normal humanly possible voice! These features are available in Word for Web and Office Mobile right now.  

What Else to Expect from Microsoft in Coming Months?  

Speaking of the coming month’s upgrades, Microsoft has announced that it will extend the transcription services to more languages. Transcribe for Office Mobile is expected to come at the end of the year 2020. For Microsoft 365 users, by the end of this year, Voice Commands are going to stretch out to the Word desktop and Word for Mac as well.

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