As we continue our journey from dictation to translation, yesterday we arrived at Translator.Microsoft.com and looked extensively at the Text tab. Today, Day 45 of 365 Ideas for Office 365, we will explore the Conversation tab.
We actually used one aspect of the Conversation tab a couple days ago when looking at the Presentation Translator in PowerPoint.
That is one way to use the “Join Conversation” tab by entering the “Conversation Code” created by the PowerPoint subtitles. You can also use the Join Conversation by using a code another user creates using the “Start Conversation” tab. Or you can start the conversation yourself and share the code with others.
To join a conversation, you just need a code.
Choose your language , enter your name, and click Enter to start. What others enter appears on the left, and what you enter appears to the right.
Multiple login options
To start a conversation, you need to log in with a Microsoft account, Facebook account or Google+ account.
I chose to check the box “I am using this in a classroom”, which leads me here:
By sharing the code with others, they can go to the same webpage and enter the code under “Join conversation”. (Typing in the url or using the QR code brings them to the same page, with the code already filled in.)
Here’s what it says under the window:
Classroom mode is currently one way communication- to the students.
Presentation mode will pick up everything I say and translate it. If I turn off presentation mode, then the box that says, “Speak at any time by pressing and holding the space bar” will apply.
Now let’s see what it looks like if I don’t check the classroom box.
2-way Conversation (or 3-way, or 4…)
The same box appeared with the join code, but when I dismissed that, this is the screen you begin with.
If I open another browser and enter the code, the two screens look like this:
BTW, here’s what I actually typed in Bing Translate. So when it translated back to English, it wasn’t word for word the same, but it was an accurate functional translation.
Finally, let’s look at the Settings, under the gear icon.
Show original message shows what the other person spoke/typed in their language underneath my translated version.
Show partial messages translates as they speak or type, so it will autocorrect as they continue speaking.
Play speech output, as you might expect, plays the translated message in your language out loud.