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Microsoft's Group Transcribe app offers real-time transcription and translation

Microsoft Group Transcribe On Iphone
Microsoft Group Transcribe On Iphone (Image credit: Microsoft)

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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) right now.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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1 Comment
  • That sounds really cool. Seems like it is taken from the newly announced TEAMS appliances which do a similar thing for meetings. These are Echo Dot looking microphone/speakers that can sit in a conference room and do this sort of transcription*. Interesting they are bringing the capability to iOS. Wonder if it could somehow be integrated into a HomePod (mini?)
    *https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-unveils-new-intelligent-speaker... P.S. Just got it and note that it is a Microsoft Garage Product, so don't get to enamoured of it. It may stay, may go away, or may have the technology rolled into something else. My guess would be TEAMS.