Dictate is offering a new way to type using voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word, and Powerpoint. Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses and same speech recognition used in Microsoft Cognitive Services.
The idea for Dictate emerged from a hackathon project and was used by over 1,500 Microsoft employees afterwards. The add-in to some extent competes with other solutions (Nuance’s support for dictation in Office 365).
Although Dictate only works in Office, it offers a number of commands like “new line” and “stop dictation” as well as other punctuation marks and actions. There is plenty of information online with a list of everything dictate can perform.
Once Dictate is installed, users will be able to see a new menu appear in the productivity bar allowing you to click and begin speaking. Dictate supports over 20 languages and can translate over 60. The add-in works on Office 32-bit and 64-bit and requires to the user to have Windows 8.1 or later.
For more information watch the official video: