Microsoft, in honor of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, has announced captions and subtitles for PowerPoint. The live captions and subtitles will support the deaf and those who are hard of hearing to read what is being spoken during a PowerPoint presentation.
Live presentations are a great way of demonstrating ideas. They are quite simply powerful but not everyone gets to experience presentations the same way. The new features powered by artificial intelligence (AI) will help mend this issue for the less gifted. The AI’s speech recognition automatically adapts based on the presented content for accurate recognition of things like – names and special terms.
These captions and subtitles will come with an option of being displayed either in the same language or in a different one. Initially, PowerPoint will support live captions and subtitles in 12 spoken languages and display on-screen captions or subtitles in one of 60 plus languages. The presenters will be able to customize the size, position, and appearance of subtitles.
PowerPoint will begin rolling out these features in late January 2019. The Office 365 subscribers will be able to use these features for PowerPoint on Windows 10, PowerPoint Online and PowerPoint for Mac.