It’s finally the last quarter of the year as Zoom will be rolling out its Live translation feature. This will make a realization of its promise to release the feature at the beginning of the year.
The company says it “plans to provide real-time transcription for (up to 30 additional languages) by the end of next year.” For the more exclusive live translation, this feature will be reserved for its paid customers “to support real-time translation across as many as 12 languages by the end of next year.”
Live translation is made possible by the company’s acquisition of German translation firm Kites. Zoom is pushing for a more inclusive virtual meeting. Its latest push is to making its whiteboard feature a stand-alone app.
The whiteboard feature allows users to share their whiteboard content while adding drawings, sticky notes and comments on the boards.
Zoom has concluded plans to roll out support for its automatic Live Transcription to free accounts as part of its efforts to make the service more accessible. The company said the feature is coming to the accounts in the last quarter of the year.
Zoom gave users manual request access to the Live Transcription feature via a Google Form for free users who need access to the feature some months ago. The users can request by filling this form. Users that fill the form will receive a confirmation mail with further instructions.
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Zoom had previously had the automatic transcriptions feature. It previously had AI-powered live transcription for all its paid accounts. It also allowed meeting hosts to manually add their own captions, or use a third-party service.
Now, the feature will be freely available to the millions that rely on Zoom. On a support page, Zoom says that the Live Transcription feature is currently only available in English.
Zoom’s rivals, Google Meet already have Automatic closed captions available to its users. Even though Zoom is leading the way in videoconferencing, it is a refreshing sign to see that they are still innovating and adding features.
Part of its improvements includes; allowing meetings to pin and spotlight interpreters on a call, and adding screen reader support.