Microsoft integrates Dictation to Office Suite apps

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Microsoft offered a dictation add-on for Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint a year ago as one of their Garage projects. Today, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote have a dictation upgrade called Office Dictate.

Notably, select versions of these programs support dictation, in addition to the requirement of a subscribe to Office 365 is necessary for feature use.

Office Dictate is available for Word for Office 365, Word 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016 and OneNote for Windows 10. According to Forbes, Microsoft may be planning to support dictation without an Office 365 subscription in Office 2019 which is scheduled for later this year.

Office Dictate is part of Microsoft’s Intelligent Services, which mean the feature is cloud-based and necessitates an internet connection. In addition, Microsoft records what users say and the recordings “may also be used to improve speech recognition services.”

Office Dictate can be disabled on the Office intelligent services panel which can found by clicking File>Options>General. However, when users want to disable Office Dictate, the Office intelligent services must be completely disabled.

Unfortunately, Microsoft does not allow the user to choose which intelligent services desired as active on the system. Additionally, the new integrated dictation feature is not HIPAA compliant.