Skype Gets Live Captions and Subtitles Powered By AI

You can now turn on subtitles and captions during live audio or video call

Microsoft has been revamping Skype so that it is able to compete with the likes of Whatsapp and Messenger. In a bid to improve overall accessibility, Microsoft Skype will now provide you with real-time transcriptions. The company announced that live captioning and subtitles will now be available on Skype in real time.

The feature has been announced by Microsoft on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The tech giant joined in celebrating the day by launching new features in Skype that will benefit deaf people. Real-time captions and transcription will be available on the bottom of the screen with the help of Artificial Intelligence. People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing will find it easier to follow the conversation with the help of subtitles and captions.

In a blog post, Microsoft said that the new features have been introduced to support the initiative taken by the UN. The new feature will work on one-to-one calls as well in group calls. Microsoft believes that the new feature will provide the people with an inclusive feeling so that no one feels left out specifically the deaf or hard-to-hear people.

To turn on the feature, select the more button during an audio or video call and then turn on subtitles. You can also make captions and subtitles as a default setting in your Skype profile. To make the settings as default, follow the following steps:

  • Select your profile picture
  • Go to settings and select calling
  • Select subtitles and turn it on to enable them during live calls

The subtitles feature is available in Skype version 8 on Android Tablet, Android (6.0+), iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, Linux, and Skype for Windows 10. This was not the only update that Microsoft had for Skype users. The company said that it is coming up with translations that will support more than 20 languages.

Bill Wilson
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