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Office insider for Windows Desktop brings Voice dictation feature

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Microsoft has pushed a new office insider update for Windows Desktop. The latest Insider fast build brings  Voice dictation feature where you can ditch your keyboard and use your voice to write documents, compose emails, and create presentations!

This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. This feature now works only for the English Language in the US market and also you need to be connected to the internet to use this feature.

Office dictation uses the state of art speech recognition technology to convert speech to text. Dictate is one of the Office Intelligent Services, bringing the power of the cloud to Office apps to help save you time and produce better results.

How it Works??

You can type and edit by speaking in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote

  1. Open the Office application.
  2. Turn on your microphone and ensure it works.
  3. Select Dictate, wait for the icon to turn red Showing Dictate icon after selection and then start talking. As you talk text appears in your document, email, slide or page.

    Showing Dictate UI  in Word

  4. Speak clearly and conversationally. When you do this, it picks up on your pauses and inserts punctuation for you.

    Note: If you make a mistake while you’re dictating, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it with your keyboard without turning off the microphone.

  5. When you are done, select Dictate again to stop typing.


Say the following phrases to add the specific punctuation to your text:

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph
  • Semi-colon
  • Colon



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