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Microsoft’s is adding automatic video and audio transcription to OneDrive

Microsoft has announced it is adding automatic video and audio transcription for files stored in the OneDrive cloud storage locker. Later this year, the AI-powered tool will roll out for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint users and will negate the need to spend hours manually transcribing files.

Microsoft says the tool will be searchable, making it easier for users to find the exact quotes they’re looking for without having to scan through the file. The transcript will also appear in a tab alongside the video as you watch it, with a whopping 320 file types compatible.

“While viewing a video or listening to an audio file, a full transcript (improving both accessibility and search) will show directly in our industry-leading viewer, which supports over 320 different file types,” Microsoft says in a blog post. “This will help you utilize your personal video and audio assets, as well as collaborate with others to produce your best work.”

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The machine learning tech is the same deployed by the Microsoft Stream video service and would likely be appreciated by every day consumers also. However, it’s not clear from today’s blog post whether Microsoft has any plans to roll this out for members of the public using OneDrive to store their files.

Also, later this year, Microsoft says it is adding intelligent file recommendations to OneDrive and Office.com. This will use the Microsoft Graph in order to bring up files it thinks are most relevant at any given time.

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The blog post adds: “Suggested files are based on the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph and its understanding of how you work, who you work with, and activity on content shared with you across Microsoft 365. This deep understanding of user behavior and relationships among coworkers is unique to Microsoft 365 and continues to be enriched as you collaborate on content in OneDrive and SharePoint.”

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