In order to make it more accessible for the vast number of users all around the world to communicate easily and unlimited, Skype is rolling out a new feature to work on the latest version of its software, for both one-to-one conversations and group ones, based on AI technologies, that provides live captioning and subtitles.
Considering the new feature’s announcement was on Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Skype live captioning and subtitles makes communications much easier for users with hearing disabilities to let them benefit from technology just like the rest of people. Also it can help users all around the world with different languages to understand each other more clear and get the ability to communicate more convenient or it might help users filter the words during the conversation in noisy or busy video calls. The upcoming feature will provide real-time captioning of words being said in a Skype call during user’s conversations.
Skype captioning and subtitle is planned to be available on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows Skype on it’s latest version so users would be able to use it on smart phones or PCs.
How to set up Skype live captioning?
You can activate Skype captioning through the in-call screen for the current call by following the steps bellow.
- Select the “+” icon during the call.
- Enter the setting.
- Toggle “Turn subtitles on”.
You also can set it activated by default for all of your calls with following the steps bellow.
- Go to Settings.
- Choose Calling.
- Choose Call Subtitles.
- Toggle Show Subtitles for all voice and video calls.
The captions and subtitles scroll automatically in the call screen during the conversation being held and as participants speak, but additional caption viewing options would be added to the feature in following weeks.
Translation support for more than 20 languages is promised by Skype to be available soon in order to allow users to view live subtitles of language that they choose.
How to use Skype voice-to-voice and text-to-text translating?
Skype voice translator can currently translate conversations in 10 languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic, and Russian. And it’s text translator is available in more than 60 languages for instant messaging. Skype Translator is available for all Windows users to be able to have communication in voice-to-voice and text-to-text conversations with people who speak a different language. To use it follow the steps bellow.
- Install the latest version of Skype on windows.
- Select a contact
- Select the Globe icon
- Turn the translator on
- From the drop-down menu, choose the translation language.
According to Skype a translated chat will only support you and a single contact. Wear headphones to understand the translator voice better and in your translated chat you can choose whether you want a female or male voice to represent you during your chats.