In an upcoming update, Microsoft Teams will get a welcome increase in accessibility by customizing the way video transcription works with recorded meetings.
Entry added to the company Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab) describes how “Transcription will be turned on together with recording if the” Auto Record “option is turned on”.
For end users and administrators, this means that when the meeting organizer turns on the “Record Automatically” option, speech transcription will be turned on by default (if allowed by administrators).
Microsoft Teams transcription
Microsoft hopes this change will help make meeting recordings more accessible without requiring additional input or setup from organizers.
For one, this feature appears to be available on the desktop version of Microsoft Teams – an environment that most business users are leaning into. This does not mean that the web and mobile versions may not have similar features in the future.
In an effort to make its platform as accessible as possible, Microsoft is rapidly updating it through the development process, and general availability is expected to be available by the end of August 2022.
Microsoft Teams Updates
Since the pandemic, competition between videoconferencing kits has intensified as they all compete for first place. Consequently, any new features were quickly copied and replicated by all the big players.
For example, Microsoft Teams appears to have mimicked one of Zoom’s party events, which allows video calling platforms to record and send short video clips to co-workers, which can be useful if someone is absent but you don’t want them to miss an important company announcement.
Among many other new features that have appeared recently or are expected to appear in the future, Microsoft has also expressed its commitment to Apple’s M-series Mac users by offering greater support for the company’s silicon-powered devices.