Type with your voice using Dictate, a new plugin for Microsoft Office

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Microsoft Garage is releasing a new app that will seek to eradicate the many inconveniences from modern day messaging called Dictate so that people can type using nothing but their voice.

Dictate is a plugin used in association with Microsoft’s existing Office platform and will allow people typing in Office applications to also type using their voice. The plugin does more than just allow you to use your voice for typing, however, as its developers have seen fit to introduce far more features than that.

More about Dictate’s features

The app features real-time translation and is able to translate from up to 60 languages. That’s quite impressive, but it’s not all. On top of that, the app also allows you to speak in up to 20 languages when converting text to speech. This brings a lot of variety and options into the mix, which makes the plugin that much better.

On top of typing, there are a couple of commands you can also use such as having the Office program start a New Line. Other commands are Question Mark and Delete, which bring about the appropriate response from the plugin which either deletes the last spoken word or puts a question mark at the end of the sentence.

The developers have made the app available for both 32-bit and 64-bit users, leaving it up to them to download the version they require for their respective systems. In terms of operating systems, users must have a version of Windows that is no older than Windows 8.1. On top of that, they must also have at least Office 2013 and .Net Framework 4.5.0.

Only by making sure that all those boxes are ticked can users hope to install the new Dictate app for Office. While it doesn’t have ridiculous system requirements, it does need a minimum of compatible software and users need to have some of the more advanced versions of the aforementioned programs.

Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Dictate are now available for download for anyone that wants to use their voice to type in Microsoft’s Office suite.

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