Microsoft puts real-time subtitles and subtitles into PowerPoint early next year. Subtitles and texts are designed to help deaf or hearing aids, and even allow speakers to include a translation of a presentation. Live captions and subtitles will support 12 spoken languages and display on screen in more than 60 different languages.
The texts are based on Microsoft's current artificial intelligence work, and the company has used similar software to run its own presentations in recent years to provide text and translations to the public. Presenters will be able to customize the appearance of subtitles to match a presentation, and the speech recognition should be adapted for more accurate terminology based on context.
Microsoft has previously used an add-on to provide this type of PowerPoint functionality earlier, and Google also provides similar features in the G Suite. Microsoft plans to bring these features to the Office 365 version of PowerPoint at the end of January, and they will be available over Windows, PowerPoint for Mac, and online versions of PowerPoint.