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Microsoft has Added Real-Time Captions to Skype

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Real-time captions are now an option on Skype


Microsoft has launched a fantastic new feature for Skype: real-time captions! Even if you don’t need them, captions come in handy for a number of reasons.

Launched on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the new feature allows Skype to use voice recognition to show you the text of what is being said in a live voice call.

Microsoft has promised the live captions and subtitles are “optimized to be fast, continuous, and contextually updated as people speak. Right now, captions will automatically scroll during a call. In the future, it should be possible to manually scroll through subtitles and to take advantage of additional viewing options.

If you’re ready to enable the feature, you can do so in a few easy steps.

  1. During an audio or video call, select the more+ button.
  2. Select Turn subtitles on.


It’s also easy to enable live captions and subtitles as the default for all Skype calls.

  1. Select your profile picture.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Calling.
  4. Select Call subtitles.
  5. Toggle on Show subtitles for all voice and video calls.


Microsoft will also be adding more fantastic features in the near future.

Translations that support over 20 languages and dialects will be added to Skype soon, as well. You’ll be able to turn translations on through a simple setting toggle and then you can read subtitles in the language of your choosing in every call.

In other fantastic news, Microsoft plans to add this feature to PowerPoint in 2019. The PowerPoint features will provide transcriptions of a presenter’s spoken words that will appear onscreen either in the same or in a different language.

As always, if we can be of help with your network or computer, give us a call here at RHYNO Networks. (855) 749-6648

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