Microsoft has confirmed that it’s adding automated transcription capability to OneDrive. This means that the cloud storage service will be able to automatically transcribe audio and video files that users upload. There is a catch here, though.
The catch with the automated transcription capability for the cloud storage service is that it’s limited to OneDrive for Business. The average user won’t get access to this functionality, at least not initially.
To power this automated transcription functionality, Microsoft is making use of the same artificial intelligence that’s available to Microsoft Stream users, it’s a video-sharing service for corporate customers. Microsoft says that later this year, automated transcription services will be natively available for audio and video files in OneDrive.
When users view a video or listen to an audio file, a full transcript will show directly in the viewer which supports more than 320 different file types. This functionality is also going to improve OneDrive’s search capabilities. Users will be able to search videos and photos based on the content that’s within them as well.
The company hasn’t said precisely when this functionality is going to be available in OneDrive for Business. It also remains to be seen if Microsoft will decide to bring this functionality to all OneDrive users eventually.