With the new feature to be added on Microsoft Word on web; it would be a lot easier for students and reporters to document recorded lectures, notes, or interviews. It was announced recently that the web app version of Microsoft Word would be adding a transcription feature.
This feature called Transcribe would allow users to record conversations directly in word for the web and then automatically transcribe the audio.
According to Microsoft, your recording and its transcript will appear alongside the Word document. When a conversation is transcribed, Word will separate each speaker and format the document into sections, with timestamps to let you return to that part of the audio. This will make it easy to playback, edit, or insert the transcript into a Word document. The feature also supports transcribing previously recorded audio or video files in .mp3, .wav, .m4a, or .mp4 formats, so you can easily upload an interview or lecture you previously recorded.
One great thing about this feature as recorded by Microsoft is that the recording and its transcript would appear alongside the word document. After the conversation has been transcribed, each speaker would be separated and then the document gets formatted into sections with timestamps so as to enable the user to return to that part of the audio being worked. With this feature, previously recorded audio and video files (.mp3, .wav, .m4a, or .mp4 formats) of interviews or lectures can easily be uploaded for transcription.
The question now would be what capacity of upload is allocated to each user?
According to Microsoft, each user is entitled to five hours monthly upload of recording which is capped at 200MB per recording.
Although other languages could be supported in the future for now English (specifically EN-US locale) is the only supported language for transcription.
So, the good news is Microsoft 365 subscribers can start using Transcribe in Word for web in the New Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. iOS and Android apps could start enjoying the same feature by the end of the year.
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