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  • Blog Post: WP8 Speech – Exploring the MVVM pattern

    Today’s post will be the first in a series discussing how I’ve used the MVVM (Model, View, View Model) pattern to build a full blown user experience for the “Search On” application I’ve previously blogged about. If you haven’t read the earlier posts, you might want to take a few minutes and see where...
  • 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: 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: 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: Microsoft sponsors the 2009-2010 AVIOS Speech Application Programming Contest

    One of the cooler parts of my jobs is interacting with customers and partners. One such opportunity I have is being on the board of AVIOS, The Applied Voice Input and Output Society. As a member of AVIOS, I've also been involved behind the scenes in the annual Speech Programming Competition. This year...
  • 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: A user authored guide to macros: WSRMacros: The User Guide

    Many of you know that we've been working on our Windows Speech Recognition Macros utility for a while now. We released the first technical preview in April, a refresh in August/September, and we're continuing to refine the technology that will ultimately lead to a full release sometime soon. One of the...
  • Blog Post: Speech Server 2007 Resources

    If you want to start developing on Speech Server 2007, you should probably start off using the Speech Server 2007 Developer Edition – a free, yet fully functional version of the retail product. You can download it here . Please be sure to follow the steps in the Installation Notes exactly, otherwise...
  • Blog Post: Google Chrome doesn't support Speech Recognition in Vista? IE and Firefox do... Hmmm...

    I haven't tried it out personally, but over on the Habitually Good blog, Vaibhav says that Google's new Chrome browser doesn't work with Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista. That's too bad... Both IE7, IE8 Beta 2, and Firefox work great with it. Hey Google: What's up? If any Google Devs want...
  • Blog Post: Say2Go awarded 1st Prize in ISV/Software Solutions in Microsoft's 2008 Partner Contest

    Congratulations to Myro Mykhalchuk and his team at Say2Go for winning 1st Prize in Microsoft's 2008 Partner Contest for ISV/Software Solutions! Say2Go allows users to do something they're calling "Voicing" between IM users. Voicing is more like voicemail than IM. Say2Go allows users to press...
  • 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: 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: SpeechSaver -- kinda like a screen saver, but for speech recognition's listening state

    I was talking to a customer recently, Greg Duncan, and one of the things that he came up was an idea for a utility to automatically turn the speech recognition engine's state off after a certain amount of idle "speech" time. A couple emails later, this morning, Greg had already posted the full source...
  • Blog Post: Dee Jay: A voice-controlled juke box for Windows Vista

    I stumbled across a new app on the net that uses the cool new recognition platform and recognizer included in Windows Vista. It's called Dee Jay and it was written by Martin L. Shoemaker from Inkon Software . I haven't downloaded it myself, but from it's description it sounds very cool. Here's what...
  • Blog Post: Extending Windows Speech Recognition

    I've blogged about how to find the Speech APIs on MSDN before, but have you wondered if anybody is writing apps for Speech in Vista? Well ... Yes they are. One particularly useful app I recently read about was written by Casey Chesnut . He's been into Speech Recognition and Speech technologies for...
  • Blog Post: speak4CAD is preparing a Vista version of their software

    I've blogged about speak4CAD before , but apparently they're making a new version that is compatible with Windows Speech Recognition and Windows Vista. Plus, they appear to have expanded what they've done to also include products for other CAD packages, as well as a Photoshop voice command system...
  • Blog Post: My Exposé supports Windows Speech Recognition

    Simon Ferguel just released an update to his My Exposé application (similar to Exposé on the Mac). This version also includes support for Windows Speech Recognition using the built in Speech Recogntion capabilities of Windows... Neat. It's nice to see more and more people building Speech Recognition...
  • Blog Post: ModelTalker

    I was just chatting with Josh Kennedy, a Microsoft speech user, tonight on Skype, and he told me about a cool new SAPI 5 compliant TTS engine that's being developed. It's called ModelTalker . Apparently with ModelTalker lets users create their very own SAPI 5 compliant TTS engines based on the users...
  • Blog Post: Voco uses Microsoft Speech Recognition

    One of the neat upcoming remote controls I've been watching is the Voco Voice Commander . It's based on VoiceBox technology that is based on Microsoft's own Speech Recognition platform . Neat.
  • Blog Post: Robocast of Rob's Rhapsody

    Hey, check it out. Now I have a podcast of Rob's Rhapsody, thanks to Francis Shanahan's Robocast app. Nice...
  • Blog Post: Automated podcasting using SAPI and TTS

    Francis Shanahan wrote me over the weekend, with a very neat automated podcaster that's he's written using SAPI. I listened to a few of his posts and it's quite cool. It's funny, though ... I was just thinking a few weeks ago that I needed to build something like this so I can capture my favorite...
  • Blog Post: Merit Software's Text Talker

    This morning I read about another new SAPI 5 based application, called Text Talker , from Merit Software . From their press release: New York, NY (PRWEB) February 14, 2006 -- Merit Software announces the addition of a voice component, called the Merit Text Talker www.meritsoftware.com/text_talker...
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