A new project ‘Dictate’ through the Microsoft Garage is released as a hands free speech to text dictation app for Microsoft Office. This add-in works with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook and converts speech to text typing using the state-of-the-art speech recognition and artificial intelligence behind Cortana.
Everyday we are writing emails, drafting, documents, sending instant message and creating presentations. We type all day long to get things done but how fast your are in typing? This typical typing takes a lot more time. And how fast you speak? What if you could type with your voice? Write faster, be more productive and have more free time. Let’s meet with Microsoft Office speech to text add-in ‘Dictate‘!
This Dictate add-in enables you transcribing voice in 29 spoken languages for dictation. It supports real-time translation to 60 languages. Available spoken commands like ‘new line’ ‘stop dictation’ and ‘enter’ give users more control while dictating.
Requirements for Dictate Add-in
Preferred System Requirements: Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016
Minimum System Requirement: Windows 8.1 or later, Office 2013 or later, .Net Framework 4.5.0 o later.
*Most Office installations are 32-bit by default. To find your Office version, please open Word, click on left top corner File menu, click Account from left pane and then click About box on right side.
Available voice commands
New Line: Takes cursor to new line
Delete: Removes the last line you dictated
Stop Dictation: Terminates the dictation session
Full stop or period: Types period character (.)
Question mark: Types (?)
Open Quote: Types (“)
Close Quote: Types (”)
Colon: Types (:)
Comma: Types (,)
Once Dictate add-in is installed, a new menu ‘Dictation’ appears in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Outlook, allowing you to click to begin your dictation.
Dictate has been initially built as a prototype during an annual Microsoft hachathon. Dictate project quickly grew its fan base worldwide.