The Microsoft Office app for Android is getting a “powerful” new feature – the ability to transcribe voice recordings. You can now capture and transcribe voice recordings on your Android device directly from within the app. This will make it easier to quickly convert voice memos into text, something that could be highly useful to students and journalists. The app uses live speech-to-text transcription to enable this feature.
You can access this feature from the big “+” button at the bottom of the Home tab on the Microsoft Office app on your Android device. Now select the new “Voice” option under the “Quick Capture” menu and you can start speaking. The app will record your voice and automatically transcribe it. Tap “Done” when finished.
The recording will be saved as a voice card. It will be available on your Home tab as well as your “Voice captures” list. When you play the recording, the app will offer synced text highlighting so you could easily review the transcription. You can also share the recording, along with transcription, with other Microsoft 365 apps and services.
Moreover, if you’re a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you get some additional features as well. The app will automatically recognize different speakers and partition their input when highlighting the transcription.
Microsoft Office Android app now lets you capture and transcribe voice recordings
Microsoft regularly pushes updates to its Office mobile apps to add new features and enhancements. Last month, the Office app on Android picked up dark mode support, much to the joy of many users. Now, another handy feature is coming their way.
This ability to capture and transcribe voice recordings from within the Office app was first rolled out in the beta channel last month. It is now rolling out widely to users who have the latest version of the app installed on their Android device (Build 16.0.14026.20096 or later). If you don’t see this feature yet, you might want to check for an update on the Google Play Store (link below).
Even if you have updated the app, the new feature may not show up immediately since it’s being pushed in stages. Note that you also need to select “English (United States)” as your language and country/region in the app to get this feature.
Interestingly, the beta version of this feature also let users edit the transcription should there be any errors. However, this ability is seemingly missing from the final version. It’s unclear if Microsoft is confident that it can accurately transcribe all voice recordings or it’s planning to add the editing ability later on. We will make sure to update you as soon as we have more information.