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Microsoft has announced that its OneDrive for Business application will soon support automated transcription services. The service will allow its users to create transcripts for their video and audio files.

The new feature will be powered by the AI technology bundled into Microsoft Stream and the process will take place in Microsoft cloud. The technology will help users in both improving the accessibility and search while viewing the video or listening to the audio file.

“Once you’re ready to make a video broadly available across the organization, you can upload and publish to Microsoft Stream. You’ll continue to get transcription services plus other AI driven capabilities, including in-video face detection and automatic captions. Importantly, your audio and video content never leaves the Microsoft Cloud; it is not passed through potentially costly and insecure third-party services,” Microsoft says.

Microsoft also confirmed that the feature will be supporting not less than 320 different file types and help in utilizing the personal video and audio assets. The feature also helps the users to easily find the videos and audio files in the cloud due to its automatically created transcript.

“While viewing a video or listening to an audio file, a full transcript (improving both accessibility and search) will show directly in our industry-leading viewer, which supports over 320 different file types. This will help you utilize your personal video and audio assets, as well as collaborate with others to produce your best work,” Microsoft said in a statement.

The feature is expected to benefit the enterprise users since they deal with presentations and it helps them to easily find the specific media file just by typing the word or phrase heard during the video or audio.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed any time line as to when the feature is expected to roll out to its OneDrive for Business but the company plans to release it sometime this year. We would be getting more info or details on the feature at the company’s Ignite Conference which is scheduled to take place from Sept 24 to Sept 28th.

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