Cool Developers Go Flying

Last week the speech team wrapped up a milestone of work and to celebrate I took up our group program manager Richard Sprague up for a quick tour of downtown Seattle, the Eastside area including Bill Gates’ house and the main Microsoft campus in Redmond. Richard took some video of the trip and posted the highlights…


Background on Audio Volume in Windows Vista

 Our friend in the multimedia group and prolific blogger Larry Osterman is writing a series of articles on how volume is treated in Windows Vista. There is a whole new audio sub-system in Vista and Larry’s blog is a great source of information for developers. Volume in Windows Vista, part 1: What is “volume”?Volume in…

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Upgrading to Windows Vista

I’ve personally found the upgrade process from Windows XP to Windows Vista to be seamless.  However, I know that people have concerns about their software and devices working with a new version of the operating system. In Windows Vista there is pro-active and reactive technology to help with compatibility issues, so I think compatibility problems…


Every single thing Windows Vista Speech Recognition is listening for

Rob Chambers is passionate about speech and a prolific blogger.  Something that I’ve always wanted was a list of all the commands that Windows Speech Recognition recognizes.  I knew I could probably scan through the internal grammars that WSR uses, but what I didn’t know was that Rob had already posted such a list nearly…

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Windows Live WiFi Hotspot Locator

How I wish I had this tool last month as I was without power and telephone/DSL service at home and looking for a Internet hookup. Sure, Starbucks and McDonalds have WiFi, but Starbucks wants $9.95 for 24 hours.  McDonalds will give you 2 hours for $2.95, which is not bad. The Windows Live WiFi Hotspot…

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How NASA Can Help Microsoft

On an internal blog at Microsoft, I came across a posting by a Corporate VP on some books he was going read while on vacation.  One of the books was a autobiography of one of my hero’s, Gene Kranz, who was Flight Director for several flights in Project Gemini and Apollo. Kranz lead his team…


Windows Speech Recognition Getting Some Respect

When our new speech recognition for Windows Vista was demonstrated at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting this past August, it went disastrously (read about it at my personal blog, along with links to the video). As I said in that posting, I was angry at first because the high-profile failure didn’t need to happen (Larry…

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Browse the Speech API 5.3 SDK Documentation Online

You can download the full Windows SDK from here, but if you just want to read the documentation for SAPI, you can do so from this link. To browse the Managed Speech API documentation, here are the links to the various namespaces: System.Speech.AudioFormatSystem.Speech.RecognitionSystem.Speech.Recognition.SrgsGrammarSystem.Speech.SynthesisSystem.Speech.Synthesis.TtsEngine


Microsoft Speech API SDK

The Speech API Software Developers Kit (SAPI SDK) contains the documentation, samples, and header and library files to create applications and utilities that use speech recognition and voice synthesis. In addition, the SAPI SDK can be used to create speech recognition and voice synthesis engines that can be used by other applications. Generally, the version…

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Internet Explorer, Screen Readers and Keyboard Access

When I get around to posting a bio, you’ll find out that I have a background in making technology accessibility to people with disabilities.  I worked in this area for Windows 95 through Windows 2000 and Internet Explorer 2.0 through 4.01. With the recent release of IE7, there have been the usual questions about whether…