Google Meet update lets users transcribe meeting audio as a Google Doc
What do you want to know
- The Google Meet audio and video call service is getting new features.
- Calls can now be transcribed to text and saved to Google Docs.
- The transcribed file can be further protected in Google Drive.
Google kicked off its Cloud Next ’22 event earlier this week and made some new announcements about its popular video and audio calling service. Google Meet calls can now be transcribed into text and users can additionally save them in Google Doc format, the company mentioned in an accompanying Workspace blog post. The saved file is also accessible from Google Drive.
Google Meet is one of the most popular apps, especially after replacing the Google Duo app for iOS and Android devices. However, Google said the new feature is accessible in Google Meet for desktop or mobile clients and is only available for the English language. Google says the transcribed file can be stored in the same “Meeting Recordings” folder in the Google Meet app from the Google Drive storage that comes with it.
Before joining the Google Meet call, participants will be notified that the call is being transcribed. These transcripts are meant to capture the discussion of the meeting, serve as a record, and are useful for following up with attendees or the host if they want to recall a particular segment or point from the discussion as a whole.
Meetings involving approximately 200 attendees, including the meeting host, co-organizers, and transcription initiator, would receive the transcription document link to their respective emails. Another cool feature here is that “the transcript will automatically be attached to the calendar invite associated with the meeting”.
And for meetings involving more than 200 participants, the transcribed file will be shared with meeting organizers, hosts, co-organizers, and individual users who initiated a transcription. Google says that new transcript documents will be created with the calendar invite if users often attend recurring meetings.
The transcription feature will be enabled by default and “can be configured at the group, domain, or OU level.” In the Google WorkSpace Education suite, users with an education license can activate the feature, while users with a student license cannot.
The new feature is expected to roll out starting October 24. It will be available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Starter, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and education and learning upgrade customers. Personal Google Account users, among other Workspace users, are not eligible to use the new feature.