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  • 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: Macro of the Day: Disable Cap [textInDocument]

    A reader recently wrote to us here at Microsoft, and asked us if there was a way to disable the built in command for "Cap [textInDocument]". Sometimes, for some people, this command can be recognized a little too easily if you're actually trying to insert text that already exists in the document...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the Day: Microphone Control

    I've got two microphones that I use most of the time. An Andrea SoundMAX SuperBeam 2 element array-microphone from Andrea Electronics An xTag wireless microphone from RevoLabs I really love both of them, and I use them interchangeably throughout the day. If I'm doing quick command and control stuff while...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the Day: Math Test!

    One of the joys of being a parent is helping them learn. I'm very lucky, in that regard, because my kids love learning. In fact, my son Zac really loves Math. He gets that from both his Mom and his Dad. So, when he was a little guy, I made a Word Macro to make math work sheets. At first this was just...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the Day: Search Tivo for That!

    Every year in the Fall it's time for me to check out what's new on TV , and decide what, if anything, I'm going to start watching. This year's no different... Ah... Well ... It was actually different. This year, just a couple weeks ago, my Tivo completely died. I'd only had it for about 7 months, but...
  • Blog Post: WSRMacros - A new MSDN Code Gallery for Speech Macros

    I've always wanted a good place to upload all my speech macros that I talk about on my Macro of the Day posts. And now ... Finally. I have a home for them. Check it out here . Neat...
  • Blog Post: Speech Macro of the Day: Speech Dictionary

    I get feedback from people, from time to time, that they'd like a more efficient way to add items to their speech dictionary. Although, there is a facility in Windows Speech Recognition already to do this, it's one word at a time, and it only allows you to record the pronunciation, not specify it yourself...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the Day: Windows Media Player

    Have you ever wanted to control your media player with your voice? Well now you can! With today’s Macro of the Day, you can say things like “Play Hotel California”, or “Play The Eagles”, or, “Play Genre Rock”, and even “Play something by The Eagles”. Today’s macro is one of the first Macros I created...
  • Blog Post: Making a Speech macro Application Specific

    A common question I get is, "Hey, Rob, How do I make a speech macro application specific?" I've posted a couple examples of that embedded in other more complex macros, but here's the simple version. To make a macro application specific, you'll have to edit the XML by hand. To do that, you can...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the Day: Say what you want and get it! (inside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

    Today's macro of the day is a cool trick involving another free tool from Microsoft called Search Commands. Search Commands helps you find commands, options, wizards and other cool stuff in Office 2007 applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). It's like search, but instead of searching content, it...
  • 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: Macro of the Day: Send Email to [OutlookContact]

    Today's macro let's you say things like "Send email to Rob", or "Send email to Rob Chambers", and as long as I'm a contact in your Outlook Contacts, you can send me mail! It also allows you to say "Send email to Rob Chambers about That cool outlook macro", it'll open up...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the day: Next Slide

    Have you ever found yourself giving a presentation about speech recognition and wished you could simply advance from slide to slide using speech recognition? Well ... I have. I've been using this really cool microphone I got from eMicrophones, called a RevoLabs xTag. It let's me walk around the audience...
  • Blog Post: Macro of the Day: Read that

    Following up the macro of the day from last week , here's "Read That". Instead of inserting quotes, double quotes, and parentheses and/or formatting text, today's macro allows you to say "Read That", or "Read the next 3 paragraphs"... I also threw in "What time is it...
  • 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...
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