For a long time now my blog has been quiet.  The primary reason for this is the following

1) I joined the Speech Server team at the tail end of shipping Speech Server 2004.  Therefore I am far from being a guru at creating speech applications.  I am quite familiar with the SDK but my knowledge of creating speech applications doesn't go much further than the pizza sample included in the SDK.

2) I do know quite a lot about the next version of Speech Server.  I could provide several excellent articles on how to write speech applications using it but, since it is not public, I cannot do this.  I can't even mention the feature I am working on because it is entirely new.

Hence my silence for the last several months.  I do plan on adding a number of articles on writing speech applications when I am allowed to, but I cannot say when that is either.  I find it rather ironic that Microsoft encourages us to write blogs, lets us work on interesting and amazing technologies, but we can't write about them.

What I can say is that I am very excited about V2 of Speech Server.  I really feel that it is much more versatile, powerful, and easier to develop on than V1.  I am in fact so excited about V2 that I have decided on using it to help automate my own home on my own time. 

Therefore, between now and when I am allowed to write more, I will discuss the problems and resolutions I come across with bringing Speech Server into my home.  As some of you know, Speech Server is intended to be used for commercial telephony purposes, so I expect to come across some interesting problems implementing it for residential use.

I will have to skip a number of technical details of course, but I hope that what I can tell you will whet your appetite for what's coming.