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Microsoft PowerPoint Gets Real-Time Speech-to-Text Translation

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Microsoft PowerPoint Gets Real-Time Speech-to-Text Translation

On its Garage site, Microsoft has made the add-in available by invite. It enables real-time speech-to-text translation. The translation is show on a PowerPoint slide in preferred language

Microsoft introduced a new interesting tool, at Day 1 of the Build 2017 developer’s conference on May 10 stated that it will help eliminating language barriers in work environments. The tool is called Presentation Translator, and it essentially translates speech-to-text on a PowerPoint presentation, in a language that you prefer. 

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This is available for PowerPoint, Presentation Translator is an Office add-in that enables presenters to display translated subtitles in real time. All you need to do is download the Translator app and sync it to your PowerPoint presentation. It will translate on top of the PowerPoint slide automatically by the link provided. 

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It supports more than 60 text languages, and the add-in allows you to display subtitles real-time directly on your PowerPoint presentation, as you speak. Up to 100 people in the audience can follow along the presentation in their own language, and on their own phone, tablet, or computer, in one go. This is done by sharing a QR or five letter conversation code with the audience, and they can follow along with your presentation, on their own device, in their chosen language. 

The ad-in supports real-time subtitling of 10 supported speech languages - Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. These languages can be subtitled onto PowerPoint into any one of the 60+ text translation languages. The tool also translates text without ruining the formatting, showing up on PowerPoint. 

Microsoft notes that this tool also gives the deaf and hard-of-hearing the opportunity to join the presentation without the need for a physical interpreter with closed captions. The Presentation Translator add-in is available through an invitation on the Garage site, and is powered by the Microsoft Translator live feature. This add-in is most compatible with Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10.

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