Microsoft has launched Transcribe in Word to help users save time and create great content without worrying about taking notes and having to spend hours transacribing conversations after an audio interview or group session.
Transcribe in Word allows users to record their conversations directly in Word for the web and transcribe them automatically.
According to Dan Parish, Principal Group PM Manager – Natural User Interface & Incubation, Microsoft in a blog post, “Your transcript will appear alongside the Word document, along with the recording, which enables you to leverage your transcript to create great content in the way that is best for you.”
Transcribe detects different speakers and after one finishes their recording, they can easily follow the flow of the transcript and revisit parts of the recording by playing back the time-stamped audio or even edit the transcript if they see something amiss.
Transcribe enables users to upload audio or videos recorded outside of Word either on your phone or via one of the many calling and video conferencing apps, you can simply select the file to upload and transcribe. Transcribe supports .mp3, .wav, .m4a, or .mp4 files.
Transcribe in Word is available today in Word for the web for all Microsoft 365 subscribers and is supported in the new Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers.
Transcribe is completely unlimited in how much one can record and transcribe within Word for the Web. Currently, there is a five hour limit per month for uploaded recordings and each uploaded recording is limited to 200mb. Transcribe in Office mobile will be coming by the end of the year. Currently, transcribing audio into English (EN-US) is the only language supported, but we are working on support for more languages.
Microsoft launched Dictate in 2017 and it has been adding voice commands to help users break away from the keyboard by using dictation with voice commands to add, format, edit, and organize their text.
Dictate with voice commands in Word is available in Word for the web and Office mobile for free when signed into your Microsoft account. Voice commands are coming to Word desktop and Word for Mac apps towards the end of the year for Microsoft 365 subscribers.
For one to use Transcribe in Word, they simply head to the Dictate button in the menu bar and click on “Transcribe.” then they start recording their interview as it happens or by recording it and uploading the file either as an .mp3, .wav, .m4a or .mp4 file.