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Skype launches real-time captions and subtitles

Skype launches real-time captions and subtitles”

After the call has started, press the + button and select the option to Turn subtitles on.

Real-time captions and subtitles on Skype can be turned on by simple settings that let you toggle between specific calls or be default on all calls.

Microsoft said in a statement: " Live captions & subtitles in PowerPoint supports the deaf and hard of hearing community by giving them the ability to read exactly what is being spoken in real-time.

"Skype has been hard at work at making our features more inclusive, and live captions & subtitles are just one way we made Skype calls more accessible", wrote the Skype team in a blog post.

Microsoft promises that live captions and subtitles are "optimized to be fast, continuous, and contextually updated as people speak", and in the current incarnation they will automatically scroll during a call.

The announcement came alongside the celebration on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. There's no mention of when this particular new feature will roll out.

Live captions and subtitles will support 12 spoken languages and display on-screen in more than 60 different languages.

The call captioning feature will be available with latest version of Skype for one-on-one calls. With Microsoft continuing to develop the platform though it's clear they want Skype to stay around for much longer - so expect to see many more feature updates coming in the near future. The captions and subtitles appear as people are talking.

In the coming weeks, Microsoft says it is also planning to launch live translations, allowing you to view subtitles a language of your choosing. Select Settings, then Calling, and then Call subtitles.



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