Microsoft announces live captioning and subtitles for deaf

Microsoft on Monday announced that it’s bringing live captioning and subtitles to two of its biggest products, PowerPoint and Skype. The move will facilitate communications between users with hearing difficulties or who speak different languages.

By adding real-time captioning, Microsoft will be able to open up PowerPoint and Skype to individuals with hearing problems. So if you’re hard of hearing, you’ll still be able to keep up with your coworker’s presentation, or chat with your friends and family across the globe. Of course, sign language is always an option, but thousands of people with hearing problems can’t sign. And if you also have a physical disability, signing might not even be an option.

The updates to the services roll out for PowerPoint in early 2019, while the translation feature for Skype is available Monday, Dec. 3.

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Topics:
Aids, Equipment, Technology

Author:
Daniel Howley

Source:
Yahoo Lifestyle

Date published:
Tue 4th Dec, 2018