Microsoft Office's coolest feature is getting a major upgrade

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More Microsoft Office (opens in new tab) users will now be able to use the software's speech to text (opens in new tab) feature as the company has announced that it has expanded the number of supported languages in Microsoft Dictate.

According to a new video (opens in new tab) from the software giant, Microsoft Dictate (opens in new tab) now supports Chinese (Taiwanese), Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Russian and Thai in addition to Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.

While web and mobile Office users can access this feature for free, doing so on Windows and Mac requires a Microsoft 365 (opens in new tab) subscription.

Microsoft Dictate

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Getting started with Microsoft Dictate

In order to test out Microsoft Dictate for yourself, you'll first need to sign in to your Microsoft account (opens in new tab) using Edge, Firefox or Chrome. 

From here go to Home, select Dictate and first-time users will be prompted to enable microphone permissions on their smartphone or computer. A microphone icon will then appear and you'll need to wait for it to turn on to be sure it has started listening. It's worth noting that Windows 10 (opens in new tab) users can use the keyboard shortcut Alt + ' to toggle their mic on and off.

Office users can insert punctuation at any time by saying them explicitly such as “full stop” for a period and they can also go down a line by saying “new line”. You can find even more commands for Microsoft Dictate by checking out this support document (opens in new tab).

If you haven't tried out dictation (opens in new tab) in a while, you're in for a surprise as speech to text technology has advanced a great deal in recent years and is now much more accurate.

Via MSPoweruser (opens in new tab)

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