There is healthy debate about the productivity of multi-tasking. Is it possible to take excellent notes while also being fully present in a meeting? Now, you don’t have to choose between focus and productivity with our latest experiment, Group Transcribe, a Microsoft Garage project. 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. Group Transcribe also joins a strong research tradition at Microsoft, finding new ways to improve upon speech and language AI. The app is now available worldwide on iOS.
Multi-device transcription and translation
To use the app, conversation participants start a shared session and each leverage their phone’s microphone to capture a highly accurate transcript, showing who said what in real-time. With confidence in the high-quality record of the conversation, users can skip note-taking and focus their attention on the conversation itself. Transcripts are easy to share or relocate after the fact.
Users can also leverage the real-time transcription to speak across different languages and make meetings more inclusive. The app supports several languages in over 80 locales and enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or non-native speakers to participate more fully by following along with the live transcript.
The Group Transcribe team collectively speaks over a dozen languages and dialects, and team members are passionate about connecting people across different cultures. “This can be a fantastic tool for communication. What I would love to see is for this to break down barriers for people speaking across multiple languages,” shares Franklin Munoz Principal Development Lead and one of the lead engineers who built the project.
Group Transcribe provides high-quality, real-time transcription and translation.
Start a conversation from your phone and easily invite others to join* Stay focused without taking notes or pushing-to-talk Follow along with the conversation in real-time in your preferred language Automatically
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