Typing is great if you’re well-practiced, have no accessibility issues, or you’re not worried about the strain it can put on your wrists. If that’s not the case, it can be a real pain, and in this day and age, there should be a better solution.

Microsoft Garage’s Dictate seeks to fill that gap. Many can speak must faster than they can type and the new add-in for Outlook, Word, and Powerpoint lets you utilize that. It takes the company’s breakthrough speech recognition and combines it with the AI from Microsoft Cognitive Services.

Dictate Features

It initially began during a Microsoft Hackathon, and quickly gained popularity across 40 countries and 1,500 employees. The result is the ability to create content with little physical effort, supporting advanced formatting and translation features.

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Here’s its full functionality, as per the dictate site:

  • “Supports more than 20 languages for dictation
  • Real time translation to 60 languages
  • Two modes of punctuations: Auto and manual for English
  • Visual feedback to indicate that speech is being processed
  • New Line: Takes cursor to new line
  • Delete: Removes the last line you dictated
  • Stop Dictation: Terminates the dictation session
  • Full stop or period: Types period character (.)
  • Question mark: Types (?)
  • Open Quote: Types (“)
  • Close Quote: Types (”)
  • Colon: Types (:)
  • Comma: Types (,)”

While the speed of dictation shown in the video is questionable, it’s worth noting that this is a garage project and thus in the early stages. Even so, it’s a great addon for accessibility, or for when you don’t feel like typing.

You can try Microsoft Garage’s Dictate for yourself today. Simply download the 32-bit or 64-bit version from the site and run the installer.

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