For those who would like to make their conference presentations more accessible or understandable, Microsoft has recently released an add-in for PowerPoint. By following the hyperlink you’ll find the first item on the page is “presentation Translator for PowerPoint” Download Now.  Click Download.  You’ll then be taken to a new page with a dropdown menu for your language, and next to it another download button.  At this point there are 10 language options.  Select your language, click Download.  This will now download the add-in, once it has downloaded, select it from your browser’s download area to begin the install.  Depending upon your current configuration you may be required to download a few extra Microsoft-add ins as well.  Then you can open your PowerPoint, and under the Slide Show tab you should have a new option on the far right, “start subtitles”.  Click it.

You can now select what language you will be speaking and the language you would like for subtitles.  At this point if you select that you are speaking German and would like German subtitles, you will get German subtitles.  You are able to do this for any of the 10 language options.

If you select you are speaking Chinese and would like English subtitles you will get English subtitles.  You are able to convert Chinese to English and English to Chinese only at this point in the live subtitles.

However, once the PowerPoint opens you will have a QR code which you can share with your audience.  By using the QR code your audience can follow the presentation on their device seeing a live translation into any of the other 8 languages. So if you are speaking in German, with German subtitles, the audience can view the translation on their mobile device or laptop in English.  The audience is also able to ask questions via their device in their language and have the question translated.

At this point the software only works on the PC version of PowerPoint, and you must have an internet connection, and a microphone.  The subtitling is done by an AI engine and is about 80-85% accurate.  It will become more accurate the more you use it, if you continually use the same device.  This should not be used for making recorded course videos as the captions cannot be corrected to 99% accuracy nor turned off.  This is an excellent tool for live presentations, or presentations with different language speakers.