WP8 Voice Commands: Dynamic Phrase Lists … From Azure!

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been demonstrating various features of the new speech platform included in Windows Phone 8.0. So far, we’ve covered the following topic areas: Start Speech Enabling your apps! … where I consolidated a bunch of resources, and uploaded a video of a “real world” Windows Phone application that I’ve “speech…

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WP8 Voice Commands: Wildcards

In today’s post, we’re going to dig into a very useful feature of the Windows Phone 8.0 speech platform, specifically how to use wildcards with the VoiceCommandService. As those of you following along already know, in our first post, we built a WP8 speech app, called “Search On”, enabling users to “Search On Amazon” by…

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WP8 Voice Commands: Phrase Lists

Today, I ’m going to show you how to extend the app we built in yesterday’s post, using something we call Phrase Lists. Using a Phrase List, we’ll be able to let users of our “Search On” application “Search on” 15 more sites, not just search on Amazon.com. Here are a couple examples of how…

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How many lines of code does it take to build a complete WP8 speech app?

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use the three different parts of the speech platform on Windows Phone 8.0: Voice Commands, Speech Recognition, and Speech Synthesis. To do that, we’re going to build an actual application, that has real value, but hopefully will be less than 100 lines of code. Ready?…

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Windows Phone 8 is here! Start speech enabling your apps…

It’s time to start speech enabling your Windows Phone applications, developers! In today’s post, I’ll kick things off by consolidating and linking to a bunch of different resources that you can use to get started. I’ll also show you a real world application, that’s not a toy / sample app, that I’ve built using the…

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Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Speech Recognition

Here at Microsoft we’ve been busy over the last year adding cool new speech features to a bunch of Microsoft platforms and applications. You’ve undoubtedly heard about at least one of these recently (unless of course you live under a rock :-])… One such example is the work we’ve done in Windows Phone 7.5 (aka…

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Microsoft sponsors the 2009-2010 AVIOS Speech Application Programming Contest

One of the cooler parts of my jobs is interacting with customers and partners. One such opportunity I have is being on the board of AVIOS, The Applied Voice Input and Output Society. As a member of AVIOS, I’ve also been involved behind the scenes in the annual Speech Programming Competition. This year Microsoft is…

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TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

Last night, as 12:01am, Tellme announced their Spring 09 upgrades to their underlying speech platform. You can read all about it here on Tellme.com. There have been a ton of news articles about it since the announcement, but I liked what Tech Crunch said about the new Zira voice. They said it’s “almost sexy”. I…

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Cannon camera + EOS Utility + ShutterVoice = Hands-free photography?

This morning I read a blog entry on Wired about a new application coming out from a guy named Scott Forman called ShutterVoice. It sounds pretty cool! Basically, ShutterVoice promises to bring hands-free photography to photographers that are using Cannon DLSRs along with a utility from Cannon called the EOS Utility. If you have all…

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