Joe Calev's WebLog

Posts and information about Microsoft Office Communications Server and sometimes off topic posts.

June, 2007

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    How to create DTMF applications using the new TTS languages

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    OK, say you're a company in Rome, Taipei, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Madrid, Sydney, Tokyo, or Seoul that is excited about the new TTS languages supported by Speech Server 2007 and you want to create an application. What do you need to know? The...
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    Speech Server says "Bom dia"

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    Yesterday I announced that Speech Server 2007, which will ship as part of Office Communications Server 2007, will ship with nine additional TTS languages. For me, it was very exciting to be able to announce this because that was the first time I have...
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    Announcing nine new TTS languages for Speech Server!

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    Today I am very happy to announce that Speech Server 2007 will support nine additional sythesizers when it ships. This will enable the creation of DTMF applications in a number of new locales throughout the world. The new languages with voices are ...
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    A multinational team

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    This is just a fun post but I noticed a poster on another site made a remark about how multinational teams are at Microsoft so I decided to see what countries are represented on our team. The following are the ones I know on the UCAS team. Brazil ...
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    More thoughts about learning multiple languages

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    As many of you who know me already know, foreign languages are a major hobby of mine. I currently know Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, and German and can speak and understand some Thai. I am currently working on Mandarin for a possible trip to China...
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    Extending Communicator through tabs

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    Perhaps the easiest way to extend the Communicator 2007 client is by adding extension tabs underneath the contacts section. I looked around the web and found several references that this is possible but nothing about how to do it. Recently at TechEd one...
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    Creating bots in UCMA - Part II - Using grammars instead of parsing

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    In our last bot post I wrote about creating a bot that accepts a message from Communicator and sends a response. The response logic was very crude. We simply looked for certain words in the message from the client and sent back an appropriate response...
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    Tips for photographing fireworks

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    Since it is getting to be that time of year again, I thought I would repost a short article I did for a private forum on photographing fireworks. While I have never taken professional fireworks photos myself, I grew up in the fireworks industry...
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    Creating bots using UCMA - Part I (from TechEd)

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    This is the first part of an occasional series where I will use the UCMA API to create a functioning bot over IM. Unlike my first UCMA series, I will not post new parts every day but over time I will create a series on this. Today's post starts from...
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    Common questions from TechEd

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    After spending some time at our Unified Communications Server booth at TechEd, I decided to write the answers to some of the most common questions people had for those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend this year. What is the difference...
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    Hello from TechEd

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    I am currently at the TechEd conference and it has been a very rewarding experience so far. It's amazing to hear what everyone is using our product for - many of them ideas I had never thought of. It's also interesting learning about the other pieces...
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