Microsoft is enhancing the dictation operate for each Word and Outlook, which is bound to be welcomed by anybody that desires to shortly make a be aware of their ideas or people which have massive quantities of audio content material to transcribe. The dictation enhancements are at the moment in improvement and are anticipated to start rolling out in March.
“Dictation has [a] new UI and settings to control a profanity filter and automatic punctuation,” the Microsoft 365 roadmap explains. “Voice commands make editing and formatting your dictated text easier than ever.”
A major change accompanying the dictation replace is the addition of a new dictation toolbar. In order to entry the toolbar, customers can click on the ‘Dictate’ button on the Home tab or press Alt+`. Through the toolbar, customers will acquire entry to all the usual dictation options, in addition to the flexibility to vary settings like language and automated punctuation.
The auto punctuation characteristic doesn’t require any further enter from the consumer, without having to say “comma” or “period.” Simply by talking and pausing naturally, the dictation operate in Word and Outlook will add in punctuation marks the place applicable. Of course, this gained’t be 100% profitable, so customers are free to disable auto punctuation in the event that they’d desire.
Microsoft already boasts a powerful checklist of supported languages for its dictation characteristic, together with Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Preview languages additionally embrace Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and a variety of others.
Microsoft additionally confirmed that its dictation service, which is powered by its Azure Speech Services, wouldn’t retailer any recorded speech knowledge. Once a transcription is full, audio and transcription outcomes won’t be retained.