Microsoft’s new iPhone app ‘Group Transcribe,’ offers real-time transcription and translation

Microsoft recently announced a new app, Group Transcribe, exclusively for iPhone users who converse in multiple languages and accessibility needs. Group Transcribe offers real-time transcription and translation for meetings and other conversations powered by cutting edge AI speech and language technology

The software giant says the app is designed for users with accessibility needs as the live transcript enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-native speakers to participate in conversations by following along in real-time. Microsoft explains in a blog post.

“This app uses a multi-device approach to provide real-time, high-quality transcription and translation, so users can be more present and productive during in-person meetings and conversations.”

Microsoft 'Group Transcribe'

Microsoft’s new ‘Group Transcribe’ app for iOs offers real-time transcription and translation

As per the FAQs on Microsoft’s blog, for Group Transcribe to work, participants of a meeting need to have the app on their iPhone or iPad. The app works using invitations. One participant has to start the transcription and others can join through a link, QR code, or Bluetooth. There is no limit on how many people can join. However, Microsoft notes that the app works best for “in-person meetings [with] up to four people.”

Group Transcribe will automatically begin transcribing the pointers in the meeting, highlighting who says what. The app will auto-translate what is being spoken and will display the original text along with the translation. Users can browse and view previous transcripts on their devices for reviewing and sharing purposes. Additionally, users can decide whether they wish to share the transcriptions with Microsoft.

Group Transcribe

Group Transcribe supports 32 languages spoken in 80+ locales including Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and more.

Microsoft’s Group Transcribe is available as a free download from the App Store right now. Users are not required to sign in, they simply need to input their name and preferred language in the app to use it.

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