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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Speech Recognition

    Here at Microsoft we've been busy over the last year adding cool new speech features to a bunch of Microsoft platforms and applications. You've undoubtedly heard about at least one of these recently (unless of course you live under a rock :-])... One such example is the work we've done in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Want to see what you can do with Speech across 3 screens and a cloud?

    Happy 2010! I talked about what we’ve all been up to in 2009 in the Speech group on the Speech Team blog the other day… Focusing across the 3 screens and a cloud... I also thought it’d be interesting to see the demo/video I put together on Channel 10 that demos some of that, and talks about...
  • 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: TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

    Last night, as 12:01am, Tellme announced their Spring 09 upgrades to their underlying speech platform. You can read all about it here on Tellme.com . There have been a ton of news articles about it since the announcement, but I liked what Tech Crunch said about the new Zira voice. They said it’s “almost...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Speech Recognition to blog?

    I've been reading a lot of blog posts lately about bloggers using Speech Recognition technology themselves to write their blog articles. Because some bloggers get paid per post that they create, and some others even get paid per character that they write, Speech Recognition is an obvious choice since...
  • Blog Post: Cannon camera + EOS Utility + ShutterVoice = Hands-free photography?

    This morning I read a blog entry on Wired about a new application coming out from a guy named Scott Forman called ShutterVoice . It sounds pretty cool! Basically, ShutterVoice promises to bring hands-free photography to photographers that are using Cannon DLSRs along with a utility from Cannon called...
  • Blog Post: JetBlue chooses Microsoft speech recognition technology over Nuance

    Here's an interesting article on JetBlue's choice of using Microsoft's speech technology over that of Nuance. I especially like this tag line: "Redmond shakes up the voice-recognition space by offering more reliable software for less" The author of the article also has the following to say...
  • Blog Post: Interesting article about Nuance on CNET: Wonder why everything isn't speech controlled?

    In my morning look at news, I saw this article about why everything isn't already speech enabled. Steve Tobak's basic premise here is that it's because Nuance doesn't really want everything to be speech enabled. He posits the idea that perhaps they only want things that are high profit margin to be speech...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "Innovention Dream Home": A look inside

    I love Disneyland, and I love technology, so it's a no-brainer for me to absolutely love Disney's new " Innovention Dream Home ". Basically, it's a home of the future, as envisioned by Microsoft , HP , Life/ware , and Disneyland situated right inside the Disneyland park in Southern CA in Tomorrowland...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Speech Powered Azentek Wins International Telematics Award for Best Aftermarket Device

    Did you know you could experience Microsoft's Speech Recognition technology in cars? No, I'm not talking about Ford Sync. I'm talking about an after market system designed to run Windows Vista in an in-dash PC made by Azentek. And ... They just won the International Telematics Award for Best Aftermarket...
  • Blog Post: Oliver's interview about Live Search now with Speech Recognition

    Long Zheng recently interviewed our very own Oliver Scholz about the latest Live Search that now has speech recognition functionality. Check it out .
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Search vs Google Maps Mobile

    Since shipping the speech enabled version of Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile a couple weeks ago, it's been fun watching and listening to users, blogs, and the press discuss the new features in Live Search for Windows Mobile. Today, over at PocketNow.com , they just posted a review comparing...
  • Blog Post: What does Windows have that OS X doesn't? -- Full-featured voice recognition

    I just saw a post by Brian Caulfield on Forbes.com asking the question, "What does Windows have that OS X doesn't?" His answer: "Full-featured voice recognition". In short, here's what he had to say : "A true Apple fanatic will tell you that everything your Windows machine can do, Apple did...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates talks about Speech Recognition -- again!

    Bill Gates has always been a big advocate of Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis inside and outside Microsoft. I've also had the great honor and opportunity to talk with Bill many times about Speech Recognition. Ina Fried, from CNET News, just posted an interview with Bill's opinions on where we...
  • 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: Lifehack.org calls speech recognition in Windows Vista "pretty good"

    From the article : "Voice recognition software has been around for a long time, but it’s only in the last few years that it has become accurate enough and simple enough to use with any regularity. It has also been rather expensive, with “basic” versions running around $80-100...
  • Blog Post: Vista's Windows Speech Recognition has the "cool factor so characteristic of Apple products"

    It's always fun to hear comments about what we're working so hard on here at Microsoft in the Speech group. Today, another interesting blog post hit my radar. You can read it for yourself here . Here's an excerpt: On a lark I decided to tinker with the voice recognition software shipped with...
  • Blog Post: "Speech recognition holds promise", says IDC analyst

    In a recent betanews article Scott Fulton interviewed IDC Analyst David Daoud about the PC industry. The title of the article is attention grabbing: Has the PC Become Antiquated . David, from IDC, thinks it has, but he does say that speech recognition holds promise for the future. I should stop...
  • 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: Microsoft to Acquire Tellme

    You've read the rumors . You've heard the speculation . Well ... It's true. Today, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Tellme Networks. There's a press conference at 9:30 am PDT today; go take a look and listen to the what the future holds. This is incredibly exciting for Microsoft, Tellme...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Microsoft Teleconference later today at 9:30 am PDT

    You might be interested in a Microsoft teleconference scheduled at 9:30 PDT today, where "Executives will share news and answer questions." It'll likely be a good one...
  • 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: A WSR First: CNET microphone review tests new Logitech microphone using Windows Speech Recognition

    Vista's been out just over 1 month now, and here's the first microphone review I've seen that tests the microphone in the context of Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). Hopefully, this will become a standard testing bullet point when comparing microphones in the future.
  • 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.
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