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  • Blog Post: Speech Server says "Bom dia"

    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 received permission to blog about something that was...
  • Blog Post: Announcing nine new TTS languages for Speech Server!

    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 Mandarin Chinese (PRC) Mei-ling Mandarin Chinese...
  • Blog Post: Speech Recognition in Vista

    So I must admit that even though speech recognition in Vista was created by one of our partner groups and I know several people that worked on it, I didn't actually try it until this weekend. Although I never installed any of the betas, I did pick up a copy of Vista Ultimate the day it was released and...
  • Blog Post: Writing globalized speech applications part III - Strategies for determining the language

    When creating a multilingual application, one thing that is often overlooked is how to determine what language the user speaks. Most applications follow one of the following strategies. 1) The application already knows the language. With this strategy, information already exists in the database stating...
  • Blog Post: Writing globalized speech applications - Part II - Do I have to?

    OK, so you have an application that will be deployed only for three counties in Northeastern Kansas and are quite sure that you will never need to worry about different date formats or languages? Are you positively truly 100% sure about that? What if your application is so successful that your boss wants...
  • Blog Post: Writing globalized speech applications - part I introduction

    For those of you who have attempted to write a speech application that works in different cultures and/or languages, you have probably noticed that this is not a straightforward thing to do. While Speech Server supports applications that run in multiple languages, our tools do not always make this easy...
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