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"You Talkin' to Me" is owned and maintained by the Microsoft Speech Server team at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Contributors include MSS writers, developers, testers, program managers, marketing professionals, and other capable blue badges.

As you know, a blog is typically one person talking to many. This one is many-to-many, so we expect it to be more exciting, more current, and also more difficult to manage than a typical blog. We'll do our best to keep the postings organized and relevant.

And we hope you'll keep reading.

 

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    Lights...Camera...Demo!

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, MSS Lead Tech Writer Last fall, a co-writer mentioned that we ought to do some video demos for the next version of Speech Server. "It could really help users learn how to use our tools. You know, like the Speech Log...
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    SALT in Skagit (Part 1)

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    POSTED BY: GUNNAR KUDRJAVETS, MSS Software Design Engineer Welcome to the world of software backwards compatibility! When we started working on a Microsoft Speech Server (MSS) 2007 (code name “Skagit”) our goal from day one was to ensure that SALT...
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    Behind the Buzz

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    POSTED BY: STEPHEN POTTER, MSS PM Look, the buzz on Speech Server 2007 continues: Rich Bray talks about the background in a Q&A with Speech Technology Magazine Joe Calev discusses new tools and programming APIs Richard Sprague finds...
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    The Microsoft Speech Server TEAM Blog

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, MSS Lead Tech Writer So our Director of Product Management, Clint Patterson, said we need a new blog, a TEAM blog, a blog that everyone on the Speech Server team can contribute to. "What do we name it?" I asked. "Think...
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    Creating a new API (Part 2 of 2)

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    POSTED BY: RENAUD LECOEUCHE, MSS Software Dev Engineer In this post, I’d like to go through two other sources of information and constraints when designing a new API: · Existing API (internal and external) · Usability In Creating a new API...
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    MSS partners win Most Innovative Solutions Awards!

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    POSTED BY: CLINT PATTERSON, Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Speech Server CONGRATULATIONS! Landstar and ParkingCarma , two Microsoft Speech Server partners, have been named 2006 Most Innovative Solutions winners in this year's Speech...
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    Speech Server Q&A with Rich Bray

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    POSTED BY: CLINT PATTERSON, Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Speech Server SAN FRANCISCO — To learn more about how enterprises are using Speech Server today and the role of speech-based technology in the overall unified communications vision...
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    SpeechTEK 2006: Grab me a T-shirt while you're there

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, MSS Lead Tech Writer The year's biggest speech conference, SpeechTEK 2006 , will be held next week at the Marriott Marquis in NYC. I wanted to go, but Microsoft turned me down. Probably with good cause. I just wanted the free...
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    Introducing Office Communication Server with Speech Platform Services

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, MSS Lead Tech Writer Today from the SpeechTEK 2006 conference in New York, Microsoft Corp. announced that the full capabilities of Microsoft (R) Speech Server 2007 will be integrated into Microsoft Office Communications Server...
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    Did you say blue? No, red.

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    POSTED BY: AHMED STEWART, MSS Software Dev Engineer Today I’d like to talk about one of the new activities that we’ve created in MSS 2007 Beta to handle common tasks, the Get and Confirm activity. Like the name suggests, this activity simple gets an...
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    How to Manage Frequently Changed Prompts

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    POSTED BY: JOHN CLARKSON, MSS Programmer Writer In cases where prompts need to be changed frequently, it is not necessary to recompile and redeploy a .prompts file following every change. Since a .NET speech application can use more than one .prompts...
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    SALT in Skagit (Part 2)

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    POSTED BY: GUNNAR KUDRJAVETS, MSS Software Design Engineer ALAN TURNQUIST, MSS Software Design Engineer Migrating your SALT applications to MSS 2007 If you’re starting to use the Beta version of MSS 2007 then there are three different ways...
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    Creating a new API (Part 1 of 2)

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    POSTED BY: RENAUD LECOEUCHE, MSS Software Dev Engineer We have been busy introducing new Application Programming Interfaces (API) in Microsoft Speech Server. I’d like to describe the process that goes into creating a new API. I can only skim the...
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    Watching "Skagit" Come to Life

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    POSTED BY: LARRY OCKENE, MSS Product Unit Manager I’m not the bloggin’ sort, but Clint really, really wanted me to post. He even promised me I could be the first, but Ken beat me to it. It figures – Ken’s our designated community champion, and is all...
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    A whole new meaning to "Hello World!"

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    POSTED BY: WALTER ISIDRO, MSS Developer One of the first languages I learned as a programmer was C, and in learning that language, I encountered a string that became all too familiar to the programming community. “Hello World!” So common...
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    Planning for Tuning and Reporting (Part 1)

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    POSTED BY: PETER OKONSKI, MSS Test Lead There are many different articles and white papers that address basic capacity planning for Microsoft Speech Server. One example is the MSS planning white paper: Estimating Capacity for Speech-enabled Interactive...
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    You Mean the Docs Aren't "The Thing"?

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, MSS Lead Tech Writer Ok, I'll admit it. As a tech writer, I sometimes forget that the docs play a supporting role in the overall product, and are probably not the main reason someone buys Microsoft Speech Server. In my mind...
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    Using the right WinFX version when installing MSS 2007 Beta

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    POSTED BY: FEI CHUA, MSS Setup PM We have seen a few email threads on the MSS Beta mailing list about installing the WinFX Prerequisite (Workflow Foundation RC0 Build). Some users had a version of WinFX from previous Microsoft Beta programs they participated...
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    ALL NEW Speech Newsgroups!

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, Lead Tech Writer As the Speech Community continues to grow, so does the need for better channels of communication. To that end, we've created three new public newsgroups to handle different areas of speech: Speech Server microsoft...
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    MenuActivity in MSS

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    POSTED BY: AHMED STEWART, MSS Software Dev Engineer Today, I’m going to talk about the MenuActivity of MSS 2007 Beta. The Menu, like the name implies, allows easy selection of an item from a menu. Under the covers the activity creates a grammar consisting...
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    It's all good

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    POSTED BY: KEN CIRCEO, MSS Lead Tech Writer Now that I'm over the initial jolt of learning that Speech Server will be integrated with Office Communications Server (nee LCS), I thought I'd take a minute to write down my reaction and how I expect...
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    SALT in Skagit (Part 3)

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    POSTED BY: GUNNAR KUDRJAVETS, MSS Software Design Engineer ALAN TURNQUIST, MSS Software Design Engineer Here are some recent FAQs about SALT: Q: How do I debug a SALT application running inside a Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) application...
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    VIDEO: What's Microsoft Speech Server (Beta)?

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    POSTED BY: MITHUN DHAR, MSS Technical Product Manager What's Microsoft Speech Server (Beta)? Microsoft Speech Server 2007 (Beta) is Microsoft's state-of-the-art Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform that allows developers to build, deploy, and...
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    Local Accounts and MSS 2007 Beta

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    POSTED BY: MARK PARKER, MSS Programmer Writer If you are developing a Microsoft Speech Server 2007 Beta voice response application that writes data to a disk file, you will need to grant write access to the file (or the directory that contains the...
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    Stay On The Line...

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    POSTED BY: RENAUD LECOEUCHE, MSS Software Dev Engineer Some voice applications consider the user being silent as a valid answer. For example, an application could say: “Please choose one of the following products or stay on the line to speak to a sales...
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