Introducing Microsoft Dictation for iOS
Published Jun 08 2021 08:00 AM 21K Views

Dictation just got better  


We're constantly on the go, and there never seems to be enough time in the day. Fortunately, we don't need our computers to stay on top of things—our mobile devices get the job done! We're pleased to announce that Dictation for Outlook is now available for iPhone and iPad devices, making it even easier to be productive throughout the day. 


With the Dictation feature, you can use speech-to-text to author content in Office with a microphone and a reliable internet connection. Using your voice is faster than typing and simplifies work on-the-go. It also helps capture the right tone by allowing the natural flow of your voice to be articulated on your device quickly and effortlessly! 


Today, we’re excited to announce Dictation is now available on iOS 


Microsoft 365 users can now take advantage of the same dictation functionality previously available exclusively on desktop and Word with Office Mobile. Now, you can use your voice in Outlook to respond to email or write new email messages, or in Word to draft documents on your iPhone or iPad. Coming soon to Android. Dictation lets you use speech-to-text and simple voice commands to author content in Office with the simple click of a microphone. Outlook also leverages Microsoft Graph to recognize the names of your colleagues so you can add that personal touch. 


Take a look at what we announced today.



Keyboard Shortcuts 

  • Windows: You can pause and resume dictation using Alt+` (same as the ~ key) 
  • Mac: You can pause and resume dictation using ⌥ (Option) + F1  


  • Auto Punctuation - Not sure where to place the comma? Let the app edit as you speak.  
  • Profanity Filter - By default, dictation masks some words that could be considered profane with ****. This is to ensure that any errors in speech recognition don’t incorrectly attribute potentially sensitive phrases to a speaker. You can disable this feature by unchecking the setting. 
  • Voice Commands - You can now say phrases like “new paragraph”, “delete that”, “bold last sentence” and more to take action between dictating text.  
  • In-App Help - Quickly see all the punctuation, symbols, and voice commands you can say by clicking on the question mark icon in the new dictation toolbar.  
  • Expanded Locale Support - We've added Dictation support for seven new locales: Hindi, Thai, Chinese (Taiwan), Korean, Polish, Russian, and Portuguese (Portugal).
  • Additional language support is planned in the future.
  • Outlook mobile is currently only for EN-US.  

Updates in Dictation for Office for the web 


Office also features dictation capabilities in Microsoft Word online at

  • New tooltips - Hints will appear during dictation to help you learn useful voice commands.  
  • Microphone help - Easily check which microphone is being used and if it can hear you.  

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Ready to get started? Check out these resources for more information: 

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