Web sites are failing visually impaired users - can the Speech Application SDK help?

The BBC has news of an interesting report: Websites ‘failing’ disabled users The key finding was that the group worst affected are those with visual impairments, and the article refers to the recent announcement that the British magazine New Statesman is going to be making its web pages available as speech using new software by…

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Eric Rudder mentions the Speech Server launch on his blog

From Eric’s blog, The Developer Life I had a chance to spend much of this past week in San Francisco, meeting with customers, partners, and a few press folks at VS Live/MDC/SpeechTek. It was great to see Speech Server finally launch after so many years of work by our Speech team. I am quite proud…

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Early adopters report benefits with new Microsoft Speech Server

Story in Computerworld about Microsoft Speech Server’s early adopters. My favorite quote: “By using its familiar Visual Studio tools, Pritchett said, SAICS was able to develop and deploy its application using Speech Server for at least half the cost and in a quarter of the time.“ This is in comparison with developing the application for…

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Clarification: Speech Server 2004 and Speech Application SDK do NOT require Whidbey/Visual Studio 2005

One of the most frequent questions I was asked at the booth at VSLive/SpeechTek was whether the Speech Application SDK required Whidbey/VisualStudio 2005. I think, this was largely because the other demos during Bill Gates’ speech were of features new in Whidbey. Understandably, people are concerned about developing for a new server platforming using tools…

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More VSLive official coverage

Kai-Fu Lee’s official keynote: http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/lee/ Picture gallery at: http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/photos/# In particular take a look at Bill visiting the speech stand http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/photos/images/08Gates-Hall-1.jpg See the balding guy in the white shirt at the left? That one’s me…  

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More pictures from the Speech Server launch

Bill announcing the launch of Microsoft Speech Server 2004 Richard demonstrating the Prompt Editor tool in the Speech Application SDK   Richard calling up the application he’s just authored live. Tense moments…   One of the Microsoft ‘Speech Girls’ Speech Server 2004 wins the Visual Studio Magazine “Editors Choice Award“   David Burd with just…

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Transcription and slides from Bill Gates keynote at VSLive/SpeechTek

Complete transcription of Bill’s speech – including a transcription of all the demos and the accompanying powerpoint slides are here. The Speech Server section is the last 1/3 of the speech – just search for “Speech Server“ http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches/2004/03-24-VSLive.asp

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Bill Gates' Speech Server Keynote is online

Richard just sent me this link to the video of Bill Gates’ keynote speech including the launch and demo of Microsoft Speech Server 2004. http://www.ftponline.com/reports/vslivesf/2004/gates/  

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Some photos from the Speech Server Launch

Richard Irving demonstrating the grammar editor Richard showing off the richer (and complex) power of the speech DataTableNavigator control   Richard getting animated about the extremely “sexy“ tools he is talking about!

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