Microsoft 365 saves you time and effort with voice commands in Word

Neetika Rana
Categories: Increase Productivity Product Updates Technology
Tags: Microsoft 365

Transcription and voice commands now available in Word

You can now use the power of your voice to save you time and release your creativity thanks to new Improvements in Office which leverage Microsoft Azure’s Cognitive Services AI platform.

Transcribe in Word for the web – the freedom to create

Imagine being able to focus on what people are saying without the pressure of having to take notes or having to transcribe them later. Now you can with Transcribe which is available in Word for the web for all Microsoft 365 subscribers and is supported in the new Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. Amazingly you can record conversations directly in Word for the web and transcribe them automatically. Transcribe will even identify various speakers so you can easily follow the transcript’s flow. Best still you can time code playbacks and edit transcripts where needed. The transcript appears alongside the Word document, along with the recording, so you can leverage it to create great content and if you want to share the transcript with a colleague you simply click ‘add all to document’, and the full transcript is laid out in Word.

Multi-faceted transcribe

Transcribe, which supports mp3, .wav, .m4a, or .mp4 files also lets you upload audio or videos you recorded outside of Word. You can record on your phone or with a call and video conferencing app and then select the file to upload and transcribe. Currently, there is a five-hour limit per month for uploaded recordings and each uploaded recording is limited to 200mb.

Edit on-the-go

Dictate with voice commands in Word, which is available in Word for the web and Office mobile for free when signed into a Microsoft account, now gives you incredible flexibility to navigate an efficient and productive day. Whether on desktop or mobile (or transitioning between the two), you can dictate with voice commands to add to, format, edit, and organize your text. And the voice commands even understand symbols like ‘ampersand’ or ‘percentage sign’ so you can amend text on-the-go. You can collaborate with others using Dictate too and lighten up your messaging by adding emojis just by mentioning them.

More to come:

Transcribe in Office mobile will out by the end of the year and while audio transcriptions are currently only supporting in US English, Microsoft is working on support for other languages too. Voice commands are coming to Word desktop and Word for Mac apps towards the end of the year for Microsoft 365 subscribers. Watch this space!

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