Date
23 September 2018
With AI technology, automated transcription services will be available for video and audio files in Microsoft's OneDrive and SharePoint. Photo: Microsoft
With AI technology, automated transcription services will be available for video and audio files in Microsoft's OneDrive and SharePoint. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft 365 OneDrive to add video transcription

Microsoft is introducing media searching in OneDrive and SharePoint that uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to transcribe audio and video. Microsoft 365 customers will soon have access to a number of AI-enabled features, making it easier to manage multimedia files stored on Microsoft’s cloud.

Beginning later this year, automated transcription services will be available for video and audio files in OneDrive and SharePoint. As the company explained, a full transcript will show directly in the viewer when users are watching a video or listening to an audio file. The service can handle over 320 file types.

In addition, the AI technology will be used to determine where photos were taken, recognize objects, and extract text in photos, allowing OneDrive and SharePoint users to “search for images as easily as you search for documents”.

Microsoft also deploys AI technology to help users create new documents by recommending existing content stored in OneDrive and SharePoint by understanding the context of what users are working on, which enables users to leverage and repurpose the content from another file while working on a new document or email.

The company is promising additional features for the file insight function rolled out earlier this year, which provides access statistics for any file stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. It will introduce an “Inside look,” offering important information about the file in a glance such as time to read and key points from the document.

The upcoming capabilities, along with Microsoft’s recent investments, “combine the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning with content stored in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint to help you be more productive, make more informed decisions, and keep more secure,”  Omar Shahine, partner director of program management for OneDrive and SharePoint, said in company blog post.

The full article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Aug 30

Translation by Ben Ng with additional reporting

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