Posted by: hlacentralma | December 9, 2018

Live Captions & Subtitles in Skype

Introducing live captions & subtitles in Skypeskype

Today, (December, 2018) Skype joins the world in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of call captioning with live captions & subtitles. This new feature works on the latest version of Skype for one-on-one calls with a friend, coworker, or to any phone number, as well as in group calls with a work team or friend group. The live captions & subtitles feature provides a more inclusive experience for everyone in the Skype community, especially for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Skype has been hard at work at making our features more inclusive, and live captions & subtitles make Skype calls more accessible. Simple settings allow you to turn them on for a single call or keep them turned on for all your calls. Live captions & subtitles are optimized to be fast, continuous, and contextually updated as people speak. Currently, the captions and subtitles auto-scroll in your call, but coming soon, you’ll find additional viewing options, including the ability to scroll through them in their own side window, so you don’t miss a moment—be it in a video or in the live subtitles. To learn how to use this feature, read Skype’s  support article.

Coming soon: translations that support over 20 languages

Please note : It is using automatic speech recognition (ASR) software.  That means it is not as good as a real time captioner (like Mona) delivering CART and may not be as good as a captioned telephone that also uses ASR but the operator can fix obvious mistakes.    Tina


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