Type with your voice using Dictate, a new Microsoft Garage project

Jun 20, 2017   |   Athima Chansanchai

For many of us, typing takes up a lot of time. Every day, you’re writing emails, drafting documents, sending instant messages and creating presentations.

You can speak much faster than you can type, so what if you could type with your voice? With Dictate, a new project released through the Microsoft Garage, you can. The add-in works with Outlook, Word and PowerPoint for Windows and converts speech to text using the state-of-the-art speech recognition and artificial intelligence imbued in Microsoft Cognitive Services, including the Bing Speech API and Microsoft Translator.

The add-in enables transcribing voice in more than 20 languages and also supports real-time text translation of up to 60 languages. Spoken commands give users the ability to create new lines, delete, add punctuation and more to format the text.

Initially built as a prototype during an annual Microsoft hackathon, the project quickly grew its fan base with more than 1,500 employees in more than 40 countries.

Find out more and download Dictate.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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