In celebration of this year’s United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Skype has launched call captioning with live captions and subtitles. The two features, according to the video-calling app, work on the latest version of Skype for one-on-one calls with friends, coworker, or to any phone number. They are also designed to work in group calls with a work team or friend group.
It will interest you to know that the live captions and subtitle feature will serve as very useful tool for people who are deaf or have difficulties when it comes to hearing. This does not remove the fact that the features will also come in handy for other users within the Skype community.
“Skype has been hard at work at making our features more inclusive, and live captions & subtitles are just one way we made Skype calls more accessible,” Skype is said in a blog post.
How to turn live captions and subtitles on in the latest version of Skype: during an audio or video call, select the more button, and then select Turn subtitles on.
To enable live captions & subtitles as the default for all Skype calls: select your profile picture, > select Settings > select Calling > select Call subtitles > toggle on Show subtitles for all video and voice calls.
Translations support for over 20 languages
The Microsoft-owned video calling app also announced the release of translations that support over 20 languages and dialects. Users will be able to better communicate and learn new languages from other friends across the world in a feature that is set to be launched over the next couple of weeks.
To get started, all you need to do is to turn translations on through a simple setting toggle. Once that has been done, you can start reading subtitles in the language that you have choosing in every call.
“Whether you’re learning a new language, having a tough time understanding your friend from across the world, or attending a meeting that is not in your native tongue, our new translations will help keep you up to speed.”
Lately, Microsoft has been adding features that make a lot of sense to users. These features are not only designed to warm the video-calling app back into the hearts of users, they will also add values to Skype in the face of stiff competition from the likes of WhatsApp and Messenger.
Just last month, Microsoft announced that you can now call mobile and landlines using SkypeOut and saying “Alexa, call Ken on Skype” to make a call.
The announcement was borne out the partnership that exists between Microsoft and Amazon. In 2017, Amazon and Microsoft partnered over two of their popular products Alexa and Cortana. That partnership obviously opened the door to bigger things for both companies, and the future seems bright for both companies. “We’re excited to continue bringing the best of Microsoft and Amazon together,” Gaurav Sareen corporate vice president for Microsoft said about the company’s partnership with Amazon a couple of weeks ago.
Skype calling is now available in Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon’s Echo range will be able to access all of Skype’s basic calling features, and hardware including video calling support for Skype. If you are Skype user, you will be able to call mobile landlines with the use of SkypeOut. As a matter of fact, you will be able to call your contact by simply saying “Alexa, call Tom on Skype” to activate a call.