Cool Developers STILL use Speech APIs

My apologies that there have been no new posts on this blog for nearly a year.  Because my personal and professional lives have taken a new direction, my Microsoft blog will be closing. I highly recommend the Speech @ Microsoft blog for more up-to-date information on Microsoft’s speech technologies. Also, Rob’s Rhapsody is a good…


Our Users Are Leading Authorities

Throughout my career at Microsoft, I’ve eagerly participated in mailing lists, newsgroups, and web forums to engage customers and learn more about their needs and foster direct communication. One of the better forums for speech recognition is run by Professor Itamar Even-Zohar of Tel Aviv University, where he teaches Culture Research.  Itamar has been a…

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The "Mojave Experiment"

Check out the "Mojave Experiment", where Microsoft brought in people to show them a un-released version of Windows. Having been part of the Windows 95 team, and then shipped components in Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista, I’m used to people complaining that the newest version of Windows is not as good at the…


Where can I get the Microsoft Bob SDK?

My friend and colleague Karin Meier is the person I work with when putting updated speech content into the Windows SDK. She recently blogged about some odd requests she’s gotten for old software.  One of them was "where can I get the Microsoft Bob SDK?".  I’ve been feeling nostalgic about Bob recently, as I visited…

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Display Context Menus Where The Cursor Is, Not Where the Mouse Is

This is a little user interface rant of mine since I’m speech and keyboard-oriented.  While editing text, when I say “Press Shift F Ten” or press the Application Key (to the right of the spacebar on Windows keyboards), I expect the context menu to appear at the text cursor location, since that’s where the action is…


The Desktop Is Not For Programs

I’m constantly amazed that people think that putting shortcuts to programs on the desktop makes accessing that program "easier". For the second time in about a week, I’ve encountered people asking how to put shortcuts to programs on the desktop.  The desktop is ill-suited for this. To start with, items located on it are often…

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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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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…