What you need to know
- Microsoft's new Group Transcribe app helps people with transcription and translation in real-time.
- The app supports "several languages."
Microsoft today announced a new iPhone app that makes it easier for people to deal with multiple languages. Group Transcribe offers real-time transcription and translation for meetings and other conversations.
Available today through the Microsoft Garage, Group Transcribe provides real-time transcription and translation for in-person meetings and conversations. Powered by cutting edge AI speech and language technology, Group Transcribe allows each participant to use their own device, providing highly accurate speaker attribution so conversation participants can see who said what in their preferred language.
Announced via the Translater blog, the new app supports "several languages in over 80 locales" and is a free download for everyone.
To use the app, conversation participants start a shared session and each leverage their phone's microphone to capture a highly accurate transcript, showing who said what in real-time. With the confidence in the high-quality record of the conversation, users can skip note-taking and focus their attention on the conversation itself. Transcripts are easy to share or relocate after the fact.
Having your iPhone automatically translate a language is the kind of thing sci-fi movies are made of. We're still a few years away from the infamous Star Trek universal translator, but we're getting there!
Microsoft's Group Transcribe is available as a free download from the App Store right now.
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