Strategies for creating prompt database for multilingual applications

Recently a customer contacted me with a question about creating multilingual applications with Speech Server.  He had an application that ran in English and US Spanish and noticed that, while changing the synthesizer would switch TTS between languages, it had no effect on the prompt database used. The workaround he used for this was to…

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Es-Us and Es-Mx locale confusion

Recently I answered an issue where a customer was confused because sometimes we use the Es-Mx locale for the Es-Us language pack.  The reason we have to do this is Windows Server 2003 does not have an Es-Us locale.  If you try to create such a locale, you will receive an exception.  On Vista and…

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What should I use to write Speech Server applications?

Recently, I have seen a few posts on other blogs asking what should one use to create speech server applications.  To review, there are four ways to write speech server applications in OCS 2007. 1) Windows Workflow Activities 2) Core API (basically managed code without Workflow activities) 3) VXML 4) SALT For those of you…

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Developing applications for OCS – where do I start?

In a recent post, I presented an overview of all of the different APIs available in Office Communications Server 2007.  The goal of that post was to help direct developers who want to know where to start.  From that post I received some feedback that this proves that OCS 2007 development is only for advanced…

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An overview of the APIs in Office Communications Server 2007

Over time I have discussed all of the different APIs available to you in order to create Office Communications Server 2007 APIs.  Today I thought I would do an overview of what’s available and when you would use each one. Office Communicator API Example: Microsoft Office uses the Communicator API to display presence information and launch…

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More info about the answers for yesterday’s quiz

The following is more information about why each answer is correct for the quiz I presented yesterday.  If you have not already taken the quiz, please skip this blog entry and go to yesterday’s, then come back to this entry for any explanations. 1) To create a new conference, the client must contact the focus…

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An Office Communications Server 2007 Quiz

For a little fun today, I decided to put together a little test for those who think they know Office Communications Server.  Think of this as a fun little exercise that will help you learn OCS and help me learn what topics to blog about in the future.  If one question boggles you, let me…

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How to create DTMF applications using the new TTS languages

OK, say you’re a company in Rome, Taipei, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Madrid, Sydney, Tokyo, or Seoul that is excited about the new TTS languages supported by Speech Server 2007 and you want to create an application.  What do you need to know? The first, and most obvious point, is we currently only support…

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Speech Server says "Bom dia"

Yesterday I announced that Speech Server 2007, which will ship as part of Office Communications Server 2007, will ship with nine additional TTS languages.  For me, it was very exciting to be able to announce this because that was the first time I have received permission to blog about something that was not public (let’s…

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Announcing nine new TTS languages for Speech Server!

Today I am very happy to announce that Speech Server 2007 will support nine additional sythesizers when it ships.  This will enable the creation of DTMF applications in a number of new locales throughout the world.  The new languages with voices are Mandarin Chinese (PRC)                 Mei-ling Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan)                 Mei-ling English (Australia)                …

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