Microsoft: Write Documents and Create Presentation with Voice Dictate

Microsoft: Write Documents and Create Presentation with Voice Dictate

Microsoft recently rolled out a new build for Windows Office Insider with a new feature of dictate. Using this feature, users would now be able to their voice to compose emails, their documents, take notes and create presentations in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. This new Office Dictation feature makes use of Microsoft’s speech recognition technology in other to convert speech to text.

Dictate is one of the office intelligent services that brings the cloud to Office applications to help you save time and achieve better results.

It is also good to know that this feature will be available to only to users of the Office 365 subscription. And also you require an Internet connection to make a good use of this feature.

Microsoft: Write Documents and Create Presentation with Voice Dictation


How to use Voice Dictate in Office

  • Open the Office application.
  • Turn on the microphone and make sure it works.
  • Choose Dictate, wait for the icon to turn red, and then start the conversation. Whatever you say, the text appears in your document, email, slide or page.
  • Speak clearly and conversationally. When you do, it picks up your pauses and inserts punctuation marks.
  • When you’re done, select Dictate again to stop the input.

Supported punctuation on Voice Dictate

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph
  • Semicolon
  • Colon

Currently, it only supports the English language (U.S.), I guess other languages should be added soon. Office 365 subscribers should be able to use this feature now.

A year ago, Microsoft Garage unveiled a project called Dictate which did aforementioned function above. We figure Microsoft has now chosen to integrate the Garage project straightforwardly into the Office applications.


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Ikechukwu Onu
Ikechukwu Onu is a content creator at Descasio Blog, and he aspires to put in the most complicated cloud computing technological concepts in the simplest words and phrases possible. He serves as Digital Marketing Associate for Descasio Limited. When he isn’t designing or writing killer content, you’ll find him answering tech support questions from friends and family, going out for outreach, hang out with friends, or eating my snacks while watching Netflix.

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