OneDrive and SharePoint get AI-powered video and audio transcription service

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video and audio transcription service in OneDrive and SharePoint

Microsoft continues to shower artificial intelligence love on its products and services, announcing the availability of automated transcription services for video and audio files in OneDrive and SharePoint.

The new capabilities will be powered by the same AI technology that is available in Microsoft Stream.

“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,” wrote Omar Shahine, Partner Director of Program Management for OneDrive and SharePoint, 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.”

To complement these capabilities, Microsoft is also rolling out recognition and text extraction features for photos and images stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. These features will also use native and secure AI to identify the locations of photos captured, recognize objects, and extract text in photos.

For example, users can search a folder of scanned receipts for the receipt that mentions ‘sushi’. The video and audio files in OneDrive and SharePoint can also be searched using this way, thanks to the transcription services mentioned above.

Next in the list is an AI-enabled feature called file insights which was rolled out earlier this year for Microsoft file cards to provide statistics about the files stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. Microsoft is now planning to bring the file statistics directly into the native Office applications.

Also rolling out is the ‘intelligent sharing’ feature that will allow users to share relevant content easily with meeting attendees. For example, users can share a recently presented PowerPoint presentation with the other attendees once the meeting is over.

The intelligent sharing feature will also be available with OneDrive mobile application, allowing users to share photos taken of whiteboard during the meeting.

Also read: Skype for Business Online capabilities coming to Microsoft Teams

With the new AI-powered features in OneDrive and SharePoint, Microsoft aims to make Microsoft 365 the smartest place to store the content. The tech giant will announce more powerful capabilities at the Microsoft Ignite conference kicking off on 24th September in Orlando, Florida.

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