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  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
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