Microsoft Teams Adds New Live Translation Feature

The new integration removes language barriers by allowing users to interpret and translate language in real-time.
Isobel O'Sullivan

Microsoft has added a new Teams integration that enables real-time language interpretation and translation. 

Appealing to its multinational audience, the service allows users to engage in meetings in multiple languages by connecting them to a wide range of professional interpreters. The feature is supported by Interprefy, a remote cloud-based technology that has already been providing its interpreting services to Zoom for over a year. 

The update comes just weeks after Teams allows users to enter calls faster and add a local time to their user profiles.

Microsoft Teams Launches Live Translation For Video Meetings

Video conferencing software allows users to connect from all over the world. Thanks to this recent software update, Teams’ users can now do so in their native tongue.

The new add-on feature gives meeting organizers the option to select a language of their choice, before linking them up with a vetted professional who helps translate the meeting. This update relies on Interprefy’s network of skilled interpreters and allows users to communicate with other participants in their own language, in real time.

“We're thrilled to have been working closely with Microsoft in bringing Interprefy's multilingual meeting expertise to Teams users worldwide.” – Oddmund Braaten, CEO at Interprefy.

Up until now, Microsoft Teams users had access to KUDO, a multilingual live interpreting service. By granting users access to both KUDO and Interprefy, Teams translation services now rival that of software giant, Zoom.

Teams Also Expands its Live Caption Feature

This announcement shortly follows the development of a Teams live caption feature that was designed to improve accessibility on the platform.

Live captions display a meeting transcript in real-time, helping users to follow the thread of conversation easily. This popular feature is also offered in a range of languages including German, French and Spanish, making meetings more accessible to those who speak different languages as well as those who are hearing impaired.

As it currently stands, live captions are kept behind a registration wall, meaning that the feature isn’t available to all. This update aims to resolve this by expanding the use of the live caption feature to all users.

Is Microsoft Teams The Best Solution For You?

Video conferencing software makes connecting with employees a reality, even if your teams aren't all working in the same space. With the increase in remote and hybrid working over the last couple of years, many of us have found that the concept of the ‘meeting room' has gone virtual, with participants coming together from various locations.

Video conferencing needn't be expensive. If you're looking for a cost-effective way to connect your global team, Microsoft Teams could work well for you. The free service offers a slick, user friendly interface and facilitates meetings for up to 300 participants. It also offers seamless compatibility with Microsoft365, which is an asset to companies that already using the software.

In terms of overall quality and ease of use, however, Microsoft Teams falls slightly short of its competitors. According to our research, the top spots are currently reserved for GoToMeeting and Zoom. Obviously though, every business is unique and has different requirements. So if you're still unsure which platform to opt for, we've compiled a detailed table below that ranks the best solutions on the market below.

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The lowest starting price for a paid plan. The lowest price available for your business will depend on your needs.
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Best for
Pros
Cons

GoTo Meeting

Zoom

RingCentral

Google Meet

Lifesize

Microsoft Teams

Webex

Zoho Meeting

Join.me

$14.99/month

$14.99/month

$8/month

$12.95/month

$4/month

$10/month

4.5
4.2
3.9
3.8
3.5
Not yet rated
4.2
Not yet rated
3.9

Overall conference calling

Beginners

Longer meetings

Google Workplace users

Users that need hardware

Microsoft users

Larger businesses

Zoho users

Brand-focused businesses

  • High quality audio and video
  • Very reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Easy to use
  • Feature-rich free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Lots of customizability
  • Can also be used for Glip
  • Google Workplace compatibility
  • Very affordable paid plan
  • Advanced features like live captioning
  • 1080p video and HD audio,
  • Integrates with third-party apps
  • Good value
  • Completely free
  • 300 participants
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • Feature-rich software
  • High quality audio and video
  • Easy setup
  • No time limit on free plan
  •  Browser functionality
  •  SSL/128-bit AES encryption
  • Very customizable platform
  • Quality audio
  • Respectable free version
  • Weak free plan
  • Poor audio quality
  • 24-hour meeting limit expires in July 2021
  • 250 meeting participant limit
  • No end-to-end-encryption
  • Unsophisticated chat function
  • No gallery view for guests
  • Steep learning curve
  • Occasional bandwidth issues
  • Recording costs extra
  • Expensive for full features
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Isobel is a writer at Tech.co with a wealth of experience covering business and technology news. Since specializing in Digital Anthropology at University College London (UCL), she’s been a regular contributor to Market Finance’s blog and has also spent time working as a freelance tech researcher. As a writer, Isobel takes a particular interest in issues regarding data security, social media, and emerging business technology.

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