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Office 2010: introducing Microsoft’s Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine

“In Office 2010, one of new features is an on-the-fly translation feature called Mini Translator, that allows you to translate single words or many paragraphs simply by hovering over text that you want to translate. Mini Translator also includes ability to Speak that text using Microsoft’s Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine,” Kate Kelly. “We teamed up with Microsoft Speech Technologies team to make this possible. With Office 2010 RTM, expected sometime in June, you’ll be able to download and use Speech Platform and additional TTS engines from Microsoft Download Center,” Kelly stated. Via Speak feature, Office 2010 customers are able to take advantage of text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities in OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. In this regard, as more TTS engines are added to the productivity suite, more languages become available. “We’ve also enabled Speak for Quick Access Toolbar and Customize Ribbon Options. Customers who rely on TTS can add Speak button to either of these and have quick access to Speak at any time (via the mouse or a keyboard shortcut),” Kelly added. “Speak will recognize the language of the text you select and checks if you have that Text-to-Speech language, either from a built-in Windows TTS engine, 3rd party engine, or a TTS engine from the Download Center.”


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