Google Mimics PowerPoint by Adding Live-Captions to Google Slides

Google Slides live-captions come this week to the G Suite platform, to aid those users who are either hard of hearing or deaf…

October is Accessibility Awareness Month. And, Google is taking the opportunity to bring a new feature to G Suite. The tech company is adding live-captions to Google Slides, starting this week.

Google Slides Live-Captions Announced

The new tool activates a computer’s built-in microphone to automatically transcribe speech. Then, it displays what’s spoken in real-time in the form of subtitles. The feature is for those who are hard of hearing and for deaf users, as well.

It’s debuting in U.S. English to start but will also roll out globally through Chrome on the web this week.

To use Google Slides live-captions, just click on the “CC” button, down in the navigation box. Or use Ctrl + Shift + C on Windows or Command + Shift + C on Mac devices. Here’s what Google says about it:

“As you start speaking into your device’s microphone, automated captions will appear in real time at the bottom of your screen for your audience to see. The feature works for a single user presenting in U.S. English on a laptop or desktop computer, using the Chrome browser. We’re looking to expand the feature to more countries and languages over time. The captions are powered by machine learning and heavily influenced by the speaker’s accent, voice modulation, and intonation. We’re continuing to work on improving caption quality.”

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