Language Interpretation In Microsoft Teams
Microsoft has added a new Teams integration that enables real-time language interpretation and translation.
The new service allows users to engage in meetings in multiple languages by connecting them to a wide range of professional interpreters. The feature is supported by Interprefy, a remote cloud-based technology that has already been providing its interpreting services to Zoom for over a year.
The new add-on feature gives meeting organizers the option to select a language of their choice, before linking them up with a vetted professional who helps translate the meeting. This update relies on Interprefy’s network of skilled interpreters and allows users to communicate with other participants in their own language, in real time.
This feature is on by default, but user action is needed to toggle on this feature for meetings.
Microsoft will begin rolling out this update in August.
Current known issues and limitations:
- In this iteration of the feature, Organizers can only schedule interpreters unidirectionally for a language pair (e.g. interpreters can only be assigned to the English to Spanish direction. There will need to be a second interpreter to handle the Spanish to English direction).
- Irish/Gaeilge is currently under development and will be available before public release
- Interpreters cannot be external users, this is being worked on
- Currently, the interpreters must be selected before the meeting begins. This is being worked on.
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