Introducing the managed debugger

One of the most exciting features in Speech Server 2007 is the SDK.  The SDK is dramatically improved over Speech Server R2 and contains several new tools and scores of new features.  Some of the features I am still unable to discuss but one that I can discuss, and one that I think is the…


Introducing the Core API

The Core API is what made me so excited about the launch of Speech Server several months ago.  Personally, I found it difficult to use either SALT or our speech controls to write an app.  It just did not seem natural to me – when I look at graphical elements on a page I think Windows…

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VXML and SALT

Finally, after a long period of silence I have something to talk about.  Microsoft Speech Server 2007 has been announced publicly along with a number of the features it will ship with. You can find the full press release here.  For me, the most interesting features are VXML support and a managed API.  For others…

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Speech Server and Katrina

Watching images from New Orleans, I am still having difficulties grasping what is going on there.  I think as an American it is hard to believe words like ‘refugee’ and ‘Americans’ in the same sentence.  Too often we are used to accepting them as a fact of life in the poorer countries of the world…


Home Automation and HAL

As some of you may know (but I did not until recently), there is a software package out there that helps you automate your home by Automated Living.  Their product is called HAL and I found a length web page describing an implementation of it.  The system is voice operated, though the simplest way is to…


Home Automation – the first start

In my previous post I outlined a ‘morning of the future’.  Obviously that is the end goal and will take quite a long time to become reality.  The issue really becomes tricky when wiring home appliances to the system.  What I will focus on first is the speech end of the application.  While I have read…


Home Automation with speech – a morning of the future

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I will be implementing Speech Server at home in order to automate my home.  The end goal of this, which I hope to reach in the far future, is a home of the future where everything is automated.  The following is what I imagine to be a…

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Home automation with speech – my vision

In my last post I mentioned that I will be using Speech Server in my own home to help automate it.  In this post I will explain what I mean by ‘home automation’ and what my plans are for this application.  This is not really a ‘vision’ because there are already quite a few companies…

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About Microsoft Speech Server

For a long time now my blog has been quiet.  The primary reason for this is the following 1) I joined the Speech Server team at the tail end of shipping Speech Server 2004.  Therefore I am far from being a guru at creating speech applications.  I am quite familiar with the SDK but my…