John Lawrence (MSFT)

Managing development with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System & Team Foundation

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  • Blog Post: Great whitepaper on the Speech Server Log Analysis tools.

    Written by my esteemed colleague Stephen Potter: Log Analysis and Tuning with Microsoft Speech Server
  • Blog Post: Web sites are failing visually impaired users - can the Speech Application SDK help?

    The BBC has news of an interesting report: Websites 'failing' disabled users The key finding was that the group worst affected are those with visual impairments, and the article refers to the recent announcement that the British magazine New Statesman is going to be making its web pages available...
  • Blog Post: Eric Rudder mentions the Speech Server launch on his blog

    From Eric's blog, The Developer Life I had a chance to spend much of this past week in San Francisco, meeting with customers, partners, and a few press folks at VS Live/MDC/SpeechTek. It was great to see Speech Server finally launch after so many years of work by our Speech team. I am quite proud...
  • Blog Post: Early adopters report benefits with new Microsoft Speech Server

    Story in Computerworld about Microsoft Speech Server's early adopters . My favorite quote: “By using its familiar Visual Studio tools, Pritchett said, SAICS was able to develop and deploy its application using Speech Server for at least half the cost and in a quarter of the time.“...
  • Blog Post: Clarification: Speech Server 2004 and Speech Application SDK do NOT require Whidbey/Visual Studio 2005

    One of the most frequent questions I was asked at the booth at VSLive/SpeechTek was whether the Speech Application SDK required Whidbey/VisualStudio 2005. I think, this was largely because the other demos during Bill Gates' speech were of features new in Whidbey. Understandably, people are concerned...
  • Blog Post: More VSLive official coverage

    Kai-Fu Lee's official keynote: http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/lee/ Picture gallery at: http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/photos/ # In particular take a look at Bill visiting the speech stand http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/photos/images/08Gates-Hall...
  • Blog Post: More pictures from the Speech Server launch

    Bill announcing the launch of Microsoft Speech Server 2004 Richard demonstrating the Prompt Editor tool in the Speech Application SDK Richard calling up the application he's just authored live. Tense moments... One of the Microsoft 'Speech Girls' Speech Server 2004 wins...
  • Blog Post: Transcription and slides from Bill Gates keynote at VSLive/SpeechTek

    Complete transcription of Bill's speech - including a transcription of all the demos and the accompanying powerpoint slides are here . The Speech Server section is the last 1/3 of the speech - just search for “Speech Server“ http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches/2004/03-24-VSLive...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates' Speech Server Keynote is online

    Richard just sent me this link to the video of Bill Gates' keynote speech including the launch and demo of Microsoft Speech Server 2004. http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/gates/
  • Blog Post: Some photos from the Speech Server Launch

    Richard Irving demonstrating the grammar editor Richard showing off the richer (and complex) power of the speech DataTableNavigator control Richard getting animated about the extremely “sexy“ tools he is talking about!
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Speech Server has Launched!

    Speech Server 2004 has been launched! After 5 years of working towards this day I can say that it's been amazing to see everything finally coming together so well. The demos worked flawlessly - the keynote speeches from both Bill and Kai Fu were extremely well received, and the interest we're seeing...
  • Blog Post: New log analysis tools in Microsoft Speech Application SDK

    As I mentioned in my last post , we've been working on some tools to analyze and report against the copious logs that are generated by the Microsoft Speech Server. What started as a bit of a stretch goal for us to at least have something in the product to be able to look at these log files has turned...
  • Blog Post: 2 days to Microsoft Speech Server launch event at SpeechTek

    It's been a long time since I posted. My excuse is that we've been in crunch mode working hard to get everything ready for the launch this week. At one point in the product cycle I had mistakenly thought that things were well under control and that we'd have no trouble hitting our target dates. However...
  • Blog Post: Lots of news coverage on the Microsoft Speech Server 2004 launch

    Sadly I don't have much time right now to comment on these, but hopefully they'll make interesting reading. TechWeb, 2.20.04 "Microsoft Sets Launch Date for Speech Server" http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040220S0004 eWEEK, 02.19.04 "Microsoft Sets March Launch for Speech Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sets March Launch for Speech Server

    More coverage of the SpeechTek/VSLive launch event at eWeek .
  • Blog Post: Open developer position on my Speech SDK Tools team

    I've got an open position I'm trying to fill for a reasonably experienced developer - so what better way to let people know than through my blog! Here's a snippet describing what I'm looking for: The Speech SDK team is looking for an experienced software development engineer to design, build...
  • Blog Post: Listen to a Bill Gates soundbite about speech

    Oliver Drobnik asked Bill about speech in Longhorn, and received a response covering what we're doing with the Microsoft Speech Server, Longhorn and beyond. This is a few days old now, but I wanted to include a reference to it here because of the relevance to my blog. Here's the article Here's...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates to give VSLive/SpeechTek keynote on Microsoft Speech Server and Speech Application SDK

    Someone on the marketing team just drew my attention to this page. http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/vslive/2004/sf/keynotes.asp “Join Bill Gates for the First of 4 Dynamic Keynotes at VSLive! as he presents Microsoft’s overall developer strategy and vision, highlighting new developer...
  • Blog Post: Speech SDK Starter Kits available for Beta 4

    The speech enabled versions of the ASP.NET Starter kits have just been updated for Beta 4 of the SDK. Here are the links: Speech-Enabled ASP.NET Commerce Starter Kit Speech-Enabled Fitch and Mather Stocks Application
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Speech Server has reached "dogfood" status

    A key milestone for any Microsoft project is when it reaches “dogfood” status - which means that internally we're starting to use the product for real internal business use (in other words, we're “eating our own dogfood” - it took me ages to work out what it meant). Today the...
  • Blog Post: Speech SDK Starter Kits available for Beta 4

    The speech enabled versions of the ASP.NET Starter kits have just been updated for Beta 4 of the SDK. Here are the links: Speech-Enabled ASP.NET Commerce Starter Kit Speech-Enabled Fitch and Mather Stocks Application  
  • Blog Post: Speech Application SDK Beta 4 available for download

    I should really have checked this before my last blog, but I went to the www.microsoft.com/speech site and couldn't see a link to any download pages, so I foolishly assumed that it wasn't yet available. A further quick search proved me wrong, so here it is - you can now download Beta 4 of the...
  • Blog Post: Speech Application SDK Beta 4.0 Announced

    We just announced that Beta 4 of the Speech Application SDK and beta 2 of the Microsoft Speech Server are ready. I have to apologise that I don't yet know when Beta 4 will be available for public download, although I suspect that members of the MSS beta program will receive copies somehow...
  • Blog Post: PDC Speech Session now online

    Jon Nicponski's session " ASP.NET: Speech-Enabling ASP.NET Applications with the New Microsoft Speech Server " is now online. This includes streaming video of a Speech Application SDK demo. It's a pretty good session - especially when you consider that Jon had to step in at the last minute because...
  • Blog Post: Intervoice has live SALT sample application hosted on Microsoft Speech Server

    One of the cool things I've just found on the Intervoice developer portal site is a sample application they have recently put up. More details (including the phone number to call) are at http://developer.intervoice.com/salt/locatorapp.html . You can dial into it, give it a zip code (or city...
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