The huge telecommunications application software product Skype specializes in providing users with video chat and voice calling via tablets, mobile devices, computers, the Xbox One console, smartwatches, and even regular telephones. The company also provides instant messaging options and allows video conference calls. Now they are looking to be even more versatile and inclusive by including options for Skype users who have hearing impairments, reports Eweek.
The video calling, web conferencing, and chat application now officially has live captioning and subtitles to make using the software easier on those who are deaf, have hearing disabilities, or who may speak varying languages from others in their video chat.
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Skype's chief accessibility officer, reported on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog recently that the new live captioning and subtitle capabilities will arrive natively in Microsoft PowerPoint by early 2019. She herself is in fact hearing impaired.
"As someone with deafness, I'm incredibly passionate about captioning. It's part of my daily toolkit of accommodations I use to navigate my day in addition to my wonderful American Sign Language interpreters."