Posted by: kurtsh | June 20, 2017

BETA: “Dictate” – a free Microsoft Garage project for Speech-to-Text in Office (2013+)

imageEver wanted to be able to easily speak to your computer & accurately have your speech be turned into text while using Outlook, Word, or PowerPoint?

Dictate is an free Microsoft Office add-in for Outlook, Word and PowerPoint which converts speech to text using the state of the art speech recognition behind Cortana and Microsoft Translator. Currently available for Windows OS.

Dictate, a Microsoft Garage Project

Dictate is unique in that has the following features:

  • Supports more than 20 languages for dictation
  • Real time translation to 60 languages
  • Commands like "new line", “stop dictation” and "enter" to give more control while dictating
  • Two modes of punctuations: Auto and manual for English
  • Visual feedback to indicate that speech is being processed

Here’s a quick example of what I cranked out in just 60 seconds.  Note: I didn’t correct anything written.


It supports the following commands:

  • 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 (,)

Get started by downloading the free “Dictate” for Microsoft Office 2013/2016 (32-bit/64-bit) today!


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