Microsoft announces much need Voice Typing feature in the next version of Windows 10 21H1 update to be released in the first half of 2021
With the next Windows 10 update, you no longer need to type into your computer. Instead, you just have to dictate what you want to type in. While voice dictation is available in Windows OS, users had been demanding a native voice typing tool. Microsoft has announced that it will be offering voice dictation aka voice typing native feature in the next Windows 10 update.
This is in continuation of Microsoft’s goal of making Windows 10 a full-fledged operating system without the need for a mouse and keyboard. The natively build Windows 10 voice typing tool has been released in the recent preview build of Windows 10 that Microsoft shipped to insiders. The Windows 10 preview build gives an opportunity to Microsoft engineers to test the feature and make it ready in time for the next Windows 10 21H1 update which will be released in early 2021.
“Windows voice typing is the new and improved version of Windows dictation that enables you to type effortlessly with your voice wherever there’s a text field on your PC. Sometimes, using your voice is more comfortable and efficient than typing on a keyboard – with Windows voice typing, you can relax your hands and just say what you want to write,” Microsoft says.
How will Windows 10 voice typing work?
To launch the Windows 10 voice typing or voice dictation, users will have to press Windows key + H or tap the microphone button on the touch keyboard(if they have one). Windows 10 Preview build insiders say that the voice typing works similarly as Google does on smartphones.
Microsoft says it has updated the backend to provide what it describes as “the most reliable voice typing experience ever on Windows.” At present, the following languages can use the voice typing feature in the Windows 10 Preview build.
- English (US)
- English (Australia)
- English (India)
- English (Canada)
- English (United Kingdom)
- French (France)
- French (Canada)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
- Simplified Chinese
- Spanish (Mexico)
- Spanish (Spanish)
The new feature of voice typing can also be controlled with voice commands. For example, a Windows 10 user has to just say “Stop voice typing” to stop or pause typing. To delete a section or a para, simply saying “Delete that” or “Scratch that” should be enough. Microsoft says that these commands are available in all supported languages and it would be adding more commands in the future.
The Windows 10 voice typing tool will come with auto-punctuation. If the user pauses between speaking, the voice typing tool will add a comma, question marks, or periods depending on the structure of the user’s sentence. You can enable this feature in the settings screen. All languages except for Japanese support this auto-punctuation feature yet.
“We are still working to improve the feature and how it interacts with different applications. In some Office apps, you may experience random pauses while using the voice typing feature. If this happens, click the microphone icon again to restart the listening experience,” Microsoft says.
If you want to try the new voice typing feature, you can download the Windows 10 preview build through the Windows Insider program. Microsoft says that voice typing would be available in Windows 10 21H1 unless some security issues creep up.