Mastering your international contacts while talking to Microsoft Teams should soon be much easier with a new update.
The videoconferencing platform confirmed that users can now activate translated live captions in multiple languages.
When starting and setting up a call, Microsoft Teams users will be able to select live captions in the language of their choice, which will help them better understand other participants.
Live captions in Microsoft Teams
First announced in August 2022, Microsoft Teams hopes the update will allow for greater engagement in discussions between teams or colleagues in different countries.
“This will help users to participate fully in meetings where spoken language may not be their most comfortable language to use,” the company noted.
In his entry on official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab), the company notes that the change has come about with the help of Microsoft Cognitive Service Speech Translation Capabilities. Part of the Azure cloud platform, Microsoft says its tools offer powerful and fast real-time translation services.
The tool is listed as being rolled out now for Microsoft Teams desktop users worldwide.
The news is the latest in a series of updates for Microsoft Teams as the company aims to make the platform more useful to users around the world.
This includes recent announcements of so-called “smart translation” for Microsoft Teams Mobile users, meaning mobile users will be able to translate messages in a foreign language quickly, making sure there will never be any delays or errors.
Another move in early 2022 meant Microsoft Teams also gained access to a large network of professional interpreters to join meetings on demand. After starting a session, Microsoft Teams users can switch between the original audio channel and the translator’s translation using the drop-down menu.
What may be a relief for many, users will now be able to follow full threads of chat conversations after clicking on the message search results.
The update means that when users search for a chat message in Teams and click the message result, they are taken to the view containing the full thread containing the message they want, not just a single line of text as they did.