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  • Blog Post: Controlling your PC via PowerShell and Speech Recognition?

    I just read a pretty cool post by Joel 'Jaykul' Bennett from HuddledMasses.org where he shows his readers how to use a PowerShell script he wrote to invoke other PowerShell scripts using Speech Recognition. Great idea, Joel. I like it! Check it out here .
  • Blog Post: "I've started using the speech recognition features and I'm blown away!"

    Quote of the day from the blogosphere ( from Carl Franklin ) that caught my eye: "I've started using the speech recognition features and I'm blown away!" Thanks Carl. Now ... Have you tried using the WSR Macros we just released? You might like that too...
  • Blog Post: "The Vista Show" podcast talks about Vista's Windows Speech Recognition

    The Vista Show is a podcast that broadcasts a weekly show in podcast format each week from thevistashow.com . This week Jack discusses Vista's Windows Speech Recognition. You can jump ahead to the 18 minute mark in the MP3 file . Jack says Windows Speech Recognition has come a "long way. A long long...
  • Blog Post: Extreme Tech reviews Windows Speech Recognition

    Another good reivew of Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista: "If you have Windows Vista, even the Home Basic version, you already have one of the more powerful speech recognition systems available. Microsoft has invested many millions of dollars in research regarding speech recognition over...
  • Blog Post: Telling your computer what to do -- Another post by David Pogue of the NYT

    Well ... I must say that I didn't expect David Pogue to love Windows Speech Recognition as much as he does. I remember going out to meet him last August while I was in New York for SpeechTEK 2006. I was a bit nervous, as David is one of the top technology writers in the industry and he's sometimes critical...
  • Blog Post: Transfering profiles programatically

    Last week I wrote about how to transfer profiles using the Easy Transfer Wizard . That generated some email and some questions in the community about how to do this programmatically. That's a good question. But unfortunately, the answer isn't that straight forward currently. In the SAPI documentation...
  • Blog Post: CrunchGear compared Apple's OS X Speech Recognition to Windows Speech Recognition in Vista

    CrunchGear posted a comparison of Apple's OS X and Windows Vista yesterday, going over feature by feature discussing similarities and differences. For each feature CrunchGear declared a winner. It was neat to see that one of the areas they compared OS X and Vista was the speech recognition capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Word 2007 + Windows Speech Recognition

    If you're using Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista, and you're also using Microsoft Word 2007, you might be wondering... How can I access things that are on different tabs in the new Microsoft Word UI with just one command, instead of two. This very question came up this week on the Yahoo! MS...
  • Blog Post: David Pogue says (on NPR) his favorite feature in Vista is Windows Speech Recognition

    I know David Pogue really likes Windows Speech Recognition, but today he actually called it out as his favorite feature in Windows Vista this morning on NPR. Here's exactly what he had to say : Interviewer: "So, what's your favorite feature?" David Pogue: " Wow, there's a lot of cool stuff....
  • Blog Post: Experiencing a "Wow" moment with Windows Speech Recognition

    Reading customer comments on Windows Vista's Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) is always fun. I love to hear the positive ... and the negative (after all we have to learn what our customers want). This weekend, I saw a post by a new Vista user named Marc. He's a software developer that has used Dragon...
  • Blog Post: Chicago Sun-Times says: Windows Speech Recognition is one of "Vista's true superstar features"

    Today, Andy Ihnatko published an article on Vista called " Vista brightens Windows " in the Chicago Sun-Times . In it, he goes over a lot of the features in Vista, and why they all combined make a compelling upgrade for users. He says: "one of Vista's true superstar features is its speech recognition...
  • Blog Post: Paul Thurrott's SuperSite Windows Vista Review of Windows Speech Recognition

    As I'm sure most of you probably already know, Paul Thurrott runs a really cool website, called Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows . It's a great place to go for information on Windows. He's been working on a review of Windows Vista for quite some time now, and I've enjoyed reading what he thought...
  • Blog Post: WSR's in David Pogue's Top 10 list

    David Pogue published his annual Top 10 list again this year in the NY Times . In it, Microsoft got 2 of the 10 nods. The first nod was for the wireless song transfer features of the Zune (something the whole music industry has pointed out was an innovative, thought leading feature). And ... the second...
  • Blog Post: David Pogue says Windows Speech Recognition is "beautifully designed"

    David Pogue had something nice to say about Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) in this morning’s NY Times… "And besides, not all of the new goodies fell from the Apple tree. [] Windows Speech Recognition isn’t as accurate as, say, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but it’s beautifully designed and much better...
  • Blog Post: Jupiter Research says, Windows Speech Recognition "is so darn good, it feels a little bit out of science fiction."

    I found this post last week from Todd Bishop , local Seattle PI writer and blogger that tracks all things Microsoft . He linked to Michael Gartenberg 's blog entry on Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). There, Michael says: I’ve been using the integrated speech recognition in Windows Vista for the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition Screencast -- In French!

    There have been quite a few screen casts of Windows Speech Recognition making there way around the Internet... But almost all of them have been in English. Here's one showing just how well WSR is in French. Check it out here .
  • Blog Post: Hands on training for Vista SR in Washington state

    Karl Barksdale wrote to me earlier in the week about the great success he had with Vista SR at " THE FIRST WINDOWS VISTA SPEECH RECOGNITION CLASS IN BUSINESS EDUCATION ". And it happened 3 months before Vista SR will likely be available to consumers... Here's just a sampling of what Karl had to say:...
  • Blog Post: CBS News: Voice Recognition Put To Test

    Larry Magid did an article on speech recognition last weekend on CBS News. In the article he talked about his experience with both Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) version 9, as well as Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) included in the upcoming Windows Vista Operating System. He had several positive...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: Eye Candy or Functionality

    In an interesting blog posting on Windows Vista discussing the answer to the question, is Windows Vista just eye candy, or is a world class OS that everyone wants and needs, the author has this to say about Speech: ... it’s very easy to learn, and works quite well. They have a tutorial on using...
  • Blog Post: Geekzone 2006

    A blogger (Tim Haines) from New Zealand recently wrote about a demo he saw of Windows Speech Recognition given by Microsoft's very own Nathan Mercer at Geekzone 2006 . Here's what he had to say about Nathan's demo: The way you can drive Vista by voice is pretty impressive - and is probably the most compelling...
  • Blog Post: Larry Magid: Vista's voice feature not bad

    Larry Magid wrote an article that I just read on Mercury News on Vista's new Windows Speech Recognition. Apparently, Larry recently broke his elbow and he's become one of the many who have a "temporary" disability. His elbow will get better (hopefully), but what was he supposed to do to write his news...
  • Blog Post: Command and Control versus Dictation

    Some folks over at Pronexus recently asked the question: Will people use speech in Vista ? [I think so ... but I'm probably a bit biased... ;-)] They go onto ask for which things will people use Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista. For example, will people use WSR primarily to control the UI...
  • Blog Post: Using Vista: Controlling your computer using voice only

    One of the things I do every day is read what users are saying about Windows Speech Recognition in blogs, on the net, and in USENET groups. I love doing this because I can often help users who are having problems, and/or I get candid feedback about what we should be doing... I also love it when it's...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows Speech Recognition on a MacBook Pro

    After posting yesterday about a user comparing Apple's speech recognition with Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista pre-RC1 , I found it rather interesting to read this morning about a user actually running Windows Speech Recognition on his MacBook Pro using Boot Camp 1.1 . Not only does it work...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Times: Vista from an accessible view

    This morning's Seattle Times had an article about the great work we've been doing in Windows Vista with respect to accessibility on the front page of the business section. Nice. Here's a quote from the article: Logan Olson, 21, says the speech-recognition software she tried out at Microsoft would help...
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