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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 is here! Start speech enabling your apps…

    It’s time to start speech enabling your Windows Phone applications, developers! In today’s post, I’ll kick things off by consolidating and linking to a bunch of different resources that you can use to get started. I’ll also show you a real world application, that’s not...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange 2010 Buzz -- Speech is 1 of 5 key features, according to Mary-Jo Foley from ZDNet

    Mary-Jo Foley posted an article on her blog on ZDNet yesterday talking about how the RTM buzz for Microsoft Exchange 2010 is growing louder. It's an interesting read . The Speech team has been busy at work supporting the Exchange team for quite a while, with a new feature for Exchange that allows users...
  • Blog Post: Speech Macros, Typing Mode and spelling Mode in Windows Speech Recognition

    A Windows Speech Recognition user wrote in this week to compliment us on Windows Speech Recognition, and to ask a couple questions. I keep seeing these same questions over and over again, so I thought I'd take the time to document my answers for everyone to see! Here are his questions: 1.) Is Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Live Search for Windows Mobile -- Now with Speech Recognition!!

    The press release just went live. The web site is online . And the details are all spelled out . Here's what the press release has to say about Live Search: Live Search for Windows Mobile with voice input. The updated Live Search for Windows Mobile ® 5.0 and 6.0 will be available for download for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition - ExactMatchOverPartialMatch

    A user wrote in over the weekend with a question about how to automatically choose an item when prompted with our clarification user interface in Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). But ... Before I answer that question, I have to give a little background. What is our clarification user interface? When...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition in Vista: Dictation Everywhere

    Here's a question from a reader about the Dictation Everywhere feature in Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista: This feature is thus very important to me and my future as a PC user. I have found that in many form fields (such as the one I'm using to send this message) dictation is impossible...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition - Correction Panel Commands

    As part of the " Every single thing WSR is listening for " series, here's a list of correction panel commands. "Number [NUMBER]" "Select [NUMBER]" "Click [NUMBER]" "Choose [NUMBER]" "[NUMBER]" Selects an item in the correction panel. Items are numbered: [NUMBER] is a placeholder for numbers one...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition: Dictation commands

    As part of the " Every single thing WSR listens for " series, here's a list of dictation commands: "Select that" "Unselect that" "Clear selection" Selects/unselects the unit(s) nearest the cursor [typically the last item(s) spoken] "Correct" "Correct that" Selects for correction the unit...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition: General commands

    As part of the " Every single thing WSR is listening for " series, here's a list of general commands. "Start listening" Tells WSR to start listening to your commands/dictation. "Stop listening" Tells WSR to stop listening for your Speech. "How do i [TASK NAME]" Allows you to ask a question...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition in Vista: Every single thing WSR is listening for

    About a year ago I put together a list of every single thing Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista is listening for, but that was before all the code was final, and before we reacted to some feedback from users. So... That list is a little stale, now. Time for a refresh! But ... Because the...
  • Blog Post: TechRepublic article on Speech Recognition in Windows Vista

    Deb Shinder just posted a new article up on TechRepublic about Speech Recognition in Windows Vista. It's one of the most complete articles I've seen yet. I really like how detailed the article is. If you want a good overview (with juicy details and plenty of pictures) you can check it out here .
  • Blog Post: Oliver Scholz does a demo of Windows Speech Recognition on on10.net

    Oliver's going to become a celebrity here pretty soon with as many demos as he's been doing showing off the cool new Windows Speech Recognition feature in Windows Vista. Here's another one , this time on Microsoft's own on10.net.
  • Blog Post: Transferring Windows Speech Recognition profiles from one machine to another

    Today a customer wrote in and asked: "I was wondering if you knew if Vista stores its data files of a users speech pattern in such a way so it can be transferred to other computers; in particular if I was to re-install my operating system." Good question! The good news is that not only does Windows...
  • Blog Post: Cool new Windows Speech Recognition Video

    There seem to be a lot of videos of Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) floating around the internet these last few days since the final release of Windows Vista. Some are intended to be funny . But some are really good demonstrations of WSR in action. One particular video I found this morning was by...
  • 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: Windows Speech Recognition - A little known security "feature"

    We take security seriously here at Microsoft. For example, every single developer, program manager, and tester that I know has taken several security training courses in the last few years. In fact there's even an online system here at Microsoft that shows who has taken security courses recently, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Accessibility Tutorials -- including Windows Speech Recognition

    In addition to the demos recently put up on the Accessiblity web site , there are also tutorials that go thru the various accessibility features in Windows Vista. You can get to those tutorials here . For Windows Speech Recognition, there are 6 different tutorials: Start Speech Recognition Setup microphone...
  • Blog Post: Windows Speech Recognition Demo now online on Microsoft.com

    As part of the overall effort to document all the features of Windows Vista that might be useful to people with disabilities, the Accessibility group here at Microsoft just went live with a number of demos on their Accessibility web site . Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) thus has it's own demo that...
  • 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: Windows Vista Community web site: WSR article by Derek Torres

    Check it out: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/community/speechrecognition.mspx
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Speech Recognition - Step by Step Guide

    If you're curious about what SR in Vista is like, or why you might be interested in it, check out the newly released step-by-step guide here .
  • Blog Post: Every single thing Windows Vista Speech Recognition is listening for

    Many people have been wondering what the entire command set is for Speech Recognition in Windows Vista. Short of giving you the source code (which I can't do ... :-)), this is this best way I've come up with sharing that information with you. It's been compiled by hand, by me, so there might be a mistake...
  • Blog Post: Transcription - How important is it to you?

    Some people use a feature that’s commonly included as part of a speech recognition product, called transcription. Transcription is the process of recording your voice on a portable recording device, transferring that recording to the PC, and then having the speech recognition system listen to that...
  • Blog Post: Dictation Selection commands

    In my previous post about Dictation commands, I listed a bunch of commands with little to no details on what they actually did. I'm going to go thru them, section by section, and describe them in more details. Today, I'm going to talk about the selection commands that help with dictation... First...
  • Blog Post: Dictation commands in Windows Vista Speech Recognition

    Finally, things are settling down a little bit here at work, and I can get back to blogging about features in Windows Vista Speech Recognition. Several readers asked about dictation, and about what commands would be available to facilitate dictating…If you don’t see a command that you’d...
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