Big changes are on the way for Microsoft Teams meeting recordings

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Microsoft announced several improvements that are on the way for Teams meeting recordings. Starting yesterday, August 4, 2021, Teams live transcriptions with speaker attribution are available through all Office and Microsoft 365 licenses. Starting later this month, live transcriptions will automatically be created whenever anyone records a meeting from a desktop client.

Additionally, an incremental rollout will begin on August 16, 2021 to have all meeting recordings saved to OneDrive and SharePoint.

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Here’s what’s new regarding generating live transcriptions in Teams:

  • Available today: Teams Live Transcription with speaker attribution has been expanded to all Office and Microsoft 365 license types.
  • Rolling out by August: Live transcription will always be generated when a user clicks ‘Start recording’ on desktop client.
  • Rolling out by August: Live transcription will be available across all meeting types, including channel meetings and ad-hoc meetings.
  • Rolling out by August: Live transcription and live captions will be available for 15 additional spoken languages.

Microsoft also outlines changes to downloading and editing a transcript file in Teams:

  • Available today: Users can download the transcript file from the Teams meeting ‘Transcripts’ tab, where users can edit and share the file manually with others.
  • Under development: Improvements to the above flow by allowing users to download the transcript file from the video player itself, make changes locally, and upload the file to the player so that the changes are reflected in the closed captions.
  • Other immediate options to edit transcripts within the video player: users can download recordings from ODSP and upload to Classic Stream, where a transcript will be generated on-demand and users can edit the transcript within the video itself.
  • If you have questions about this or other features, please contact support through your M365 Admin Center or your account manager.

Starting yesterday, the option to block downloads for non-channel meeting recordings is on by default. Admins can also block downloads for channel meeting recordings now.

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