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Users will now be able to choose the Live Captions in the language they prefer, with the help of Microsoft Cognitive Service Speech Translation Capabilities. This will help users fully participate in meetings where the spoken language may not be their most comfortable language to use. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 94843.
When this will happen
We will begin rolling out to worldwide and GCC at mid-September and expect to be completed by early-October.
GCC-H and DoD will be started to roll out at mid-October and expect to be completed by early-November.
How this will affect your organization
Today, users can select just the spoken language, and the Live Captions will be in the same language as they selected. Please find the documentation here.
When this feature is released, users who turn on Live Captions will be able to see the menu options for Live Translated Captions in the “Subtitles” menu. By selecting any translation language, users will see the Translated Captions in the language they selected.
The spoken language is selected for everyone in the meeting, while the translation language for the Live translated Captions is selected only for the individual user.
List of supported spoken languages:
English (US), English (Canada), English (India), English (UK), English (Australia), English (New Zealand), Arabic (Arab Emirates), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (Simplified China), Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Czech (Czechia), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), French (Canada), French (France), Finnish (Finland), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Norwegian (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Slovak (Slovakia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), Vietnamese (Vietnam)
List of supported translation languages:
Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, French (Canada), German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Please note that some of the languages above will be in preview state when launching.
What you need to do to prepare
Live Translated Captions and Live Captions are gated behind the same set of policies, to turn it on or off, here is the documentation for Meetings, and here is the documentation for Calls.
You may consider notifying your users about this change and updating your training and documentation as appropriate.
Message ID: MC420049
Published: 26 August 2022
Updated: 12 October 2022
Platform: Germany, US Instances, Windows Desktop, World tenant