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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: WP8 Voice Commands: Dynamic Phrase Lists … From Azure!

    Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been demonstrating various features of the new speech platform included in Windows Phone 8.0. So far, we’ve covered the following topic areas: Start Speech Enabling your apps! … where I consolidated a bunch of resources, and uploaded a video of a “real world” Windows...
  • Blog Post: WP8 Voice Commands: Wildcards

    In today’s post, we’re going to dig into a very useful feature of the Windows Phone 8.0 speech platform, specifically how to use wildcards with the VoiceCommandService. As those of you following along already know, in our first post , we built a WP8 speech app, called “Search On”, enabling users to ...
  • Blog Post: WP8 Voice Commands: Phrase Lists

    Today, I ’m going to show you how to extend the app we built in yesterday’s post , using something we call Phrase Lists. Using a Phrase List, we’ll be able to let users of our “Search On” application “Search on” 15 more sites, not just search on Amazon.com. Here are a couple examples of how that’ll play...
  • Blog Post: How many lines of code does it take to build a complete WP8 speech app?

    In today's post, I'm going to show you how to use the three different parts of the speech platform on Windows Phone 8.0: Voice Commands, Speech Recognition, and Speech Synthesis. To do that, we're going to build an actual application, that has real value, but hopefully will be less than 100 lines of...
  • 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: Developers: Coming soon to a phone near you… Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone 8 is almost here!! Joe Belfiore introduced Windows Phone 8 to the world in June, 2012. Kevin Gallo summarized what’s new for developers , just a week later. The new Windows Phone Dev Center came online in August. The Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview program was announced in September. The 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
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