Zoom is finally getting this great upgrade – but only if you pay

Fighting a foreign-language Zoom call may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new update.

The video conferencing platform has revealed that translated subtitles will soon be available to users, with 12 languages ​​initially supported.

However, not everyone will get the new addition, as you will need to have a paid Zoom account and then pay for an additional add-on in order to take advantage of the functionality.

Zoom on translated captions

Zoom says translated captions reduce the need for interpreters and third-party integrations so you can foster a more inclusive environment in every meeting and webinar.

“Whether you’re a large corporation operating in multiple languages ​​or a global university with multinational enrollments, translated captions help bridge language gaps,” the company said.

Zoom Live Translated Subtitles

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In addition to translated captions displayed in real time, translated captions will appear in the full recording transcript if a meeting or webinar is recorded – but not on the recording itself.

Initially supported languages ​​are Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian, with Mandarin, Japanese and Korean also available in beta version.

The add-on is available with any paid Zoom license for $5/month per user, but any type of license in a paid account (including Basic) can take advantage of this feature upon purchase.

Once enabled through the Zoom web portal, translated captions follow a host’s configured settings, which means that once enabled by the host, all attendees and guests can use them in their meeting or webinar . Full transcripts can be activated during a meeting, with the text displayed in a window on the right side of the interface.

Zoom Live Translated Subtitles

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The launch comes days after arch-rival Zoom Microsoft Teams also announced live translated captions would be coming to its platform.

When starting and setting up a call, Microsoft Teams users will be able to select live captions in their preferred language, which will help them better understand other participants.

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