Microsoft’s Word can now transcribe Audio-to-Text In Real-time

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No more 3rd party Apps to type audio to text, Microsoft adds killer feature to Microsoft Word for transcribing audio conversations in real-time

Over the years, Windows users had to either type in the text from audio manually or have to take the help of independent third-party transcribing apps to convert audio-to-text. The users later copy-pasted this transcribed text in MS Word but many felt that MS Word should have this audio-to-text transcribing feature natively.

After years of waiting, Microsoft has finally added this feature in its Word software. This could prove to be a big boon for users who type out heavy documents or drafts like novelists and blog writers. The new MS Word feature will bring the ability for users to transcribe audio conversations in real-time.

Microsoft announced this killer feature in blog post written by Dan Parish who is a manager for natural user interface & incubation at Microsoft. In the blog post Parish discusses in length about the new ‘Transcribe in Word’ feature for those who desire to know more about it.

Now you can record your conversations directly in Word for the web and transcribe them automatically. Transcribe detects different speakers so after you finish recording, you can easily follow the flow of the transcript. After your conversation, you can revisit parts of the recording by playing back the time-stamped audio and you can even edit the transcript if you see something amiss.

Dan Parish

It took Microsoft 36 years to develop the transcribing feature for Word. Microsoft Word was released in 1983 and is one of the most popular word processing software for PCs and laptops.

Audio-to-Text feature or Transcribe in Word

The new feature will transcribe the real-time audio feed into text in your Word document. This is especially helpful as many people all over the world are working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Whether you’re a reporter conducting interviews, a researcher recording focus group sessions, or an online entrepreneur recording informal discussions, you want to be able to focus on the people you’re talking to without worrying about taking notes and without having to spend hours transcribing your conversations after-the-fact. If that sounds like you, Transcribe in Word is here to help.”

Parish

Parish explains that the transcript will appear alongside the Word document, along with the recording. The new feature will give users the option to even cherry-pick the perfect quote from an interview to support the main point of the article. All they need to do is just click the plus icon on any line of the transcript and the exact quote is inserted into the text.

What’s more important is that the ‘Transcribe in Word’ feature will also allow users to upload audio or videos recorded outside of Word for transcribing. You can add a .mp3, .wav, .m4a, or .mp4 files from a video or voice recording on your smartphone for audio-to-text transcribing. You can even make Word transcribe the entire Zoom meeting in the future.

Parish said that at present ‘Transcribe in Word’ is available in Word for the web for all Microsoft 365 subscribers. It is also supported in the new Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. There is currently a five hour limit per month for uploaded recordings and each uploaded recording is limited to 200MB.

Transcribe in Office mobile will be coming by the end of the year. Parish added that at present only English (EN-US) language is supported, but Microsoft is working on support for more languages.

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