Skype and PowerPoint to get AI-powered captions and subtitles feature

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Make your presentations more inclusive with Live Captions & Subtitles in PowerPoint

In addition to that, Microsoft will also be adding translations for over 20 languages and dialects which will be rolling out in the coming weeks.

Microsoft is not the only company working toward inclusivity for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Captions and subtitles can be turned on with a simple toggle, either for a single call or for all calls.

Microsoft has rolled out the new feature today, though it will be refining it in the future.

As of now, the captions and subtitles will automatically scroll in the call.

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Live captions & subtitles in Skype will be available in Skype 8 for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, as well as Skype for Windows 10 (the new Microsoft Store app that ships with the Windows 10 October 2018 update).

Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 and it hasn't always been clear sailing for what was once the leading peer-to-peer online calling service.

Starting in late January 2019 for Office 365 subscribers, PowerPoint will have the ability to provide captions and subtitles in real-time.

Live captions and subtitles will auto-scroll during a call, although, users will also able to scroll through captions in a side window if they don't want to see words overlaid during the calls. The company earlier this year launched its Build Conference through which work colleagues who speak different languages can participate in a conference call. Turn on the switch to Show subtitles for all voice and video calls.

The feature is available in Skype's settings, you just need to click on the more (+) button during the call and choose "turn subtitles on". Google, Apple, Facebook, and a few others have gone the extra mile to roll out features that aid users with different impairments, and hopefully the rest follow suit.

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