Outbound political calls

One thing that certainly was new to me this election year was the number of outbound calls we received for political campaigns.  They would generally start with “Hi I’m…”.  I really don’t know much more beyond that because by then I had hung up. In a short excerpt in the Seattle Times these robo calls are…

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Interviewing tips

I will take a brief step away from globalized speech applications today and talk about some tips for interviewing.  These tips may or may not help you when interviewing at Microsoft because I differ sharply from many of my colleagues on how to interview a candidate. As many of you might know, the traditional Microsoft…

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Writing globalized speech applications part III – Strategies for determining the language

When creating a multilingual application, one thing that is often overlooked is how to determine what language the user speaks.  Most applications follow one of the following strategies. 1) The application already knows the language.  With this strategy, information already exists in the database stating what language the user prefers and that language is used…

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Writing globalized speech applications – Part II – Do I have to?

OK, so you have an application that will be deployed only for three counties in Northeastern Kansas and are quite sure that you will never need to worry about different date formats or languages?  Are you positively truly 100% sure about that?  What if your application is so successful that your boss wants to package…

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Writing globalized speech applications – part I introduction

For those of you who have attempted to write a speech application that works in different cultures and/or languages, you have probably noticed that this is not a straightforward thing to do.  While Speech Server supports applications that run in multiple languages, our tools do not always make this easy.  Another hurdle is that writing…

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Moving on… (sort of)

For those of you who know me, you may already know that for the past two years I have worked on the Microsoft Speech Server (newly Office Communications Server) team as a Software Designer Engineer in Test on the authoring team.  During that time I owned testing the Recording Editing and Design Studio (REDS) and…

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