Sample Source Code for Speech Developers

If you are a software developer wanting to incorporate speech recognition and voice output into your application, we have sample source code that can get you started.  We have samples for the native Speech API (SAPI) and the managed System.Speech namespace (Recognition and Synthesis). The samples are part of the Windows SDK and the most…

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Sample Source Code for Speech Developers Part 2 and SAPI 5.4

Developers interested in using speech technologies in their applications have been downloading the Windows SDK, but not everyone has been able to find our sample code after installation. If you’ve installed the latest Windows SDK, you’ll find the speech samples under “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0\Samples\winui\speech”. Of course, if you didn’t use the default installation location or…

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Windows Speech Recognition language support in Windows Vista

One common area for customer questions is languages.  For example, this one came in to our listen@microsoft.com alias yesterday:   Q: I live in Spain and have W. Vista in Spanish, and my voice recognition is in Spanish.  How or where can I download and install it to recognize English speaking words?   A: It is…

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Where can I download the SAPI 5.3 SDK?

We periodically get asked where someone can download the SAPI 5.3 SDK. For SAPI 5.0 & 5.1, the SDK was a standalone download.  It is now part of the platform SDK.  So, all you need to do is go to http://msdn.microsoft.com and search for what you are looking for.  For example, if you search for “SAPI…

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Windows Speech Recognition Macros is now available!!

I’m very pleased to announce that first Technical Preview of Windows Speech Recognition Macros is now available for immediate download on downloads.microsoft.com. The Windows Speech Recognition Macros tool (aka WSRMacros) extends the usefulness of the speech recognition capabilities already included in Windows Vista. Users can now create powerful macros that are triggered by spoken commands….

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Live Search for Mobile – Now with Speech Recognition

Do you have a Windows Mobile phone? Do you ever find yourself looking for a phone number, or directions, or gas prices, or movie listings while you are on the go? Do you wish you could just speak your search queries, rather than fumble with your phone’s tiny keypad? If you answered ‘yes’ to the…

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Speech API and engine Availability

This question came in to our SAPI5@microsoft.com alias today: Q: Can you please tell me where I can get Microsoft Speech API 5.3 appart from those versions packaged with Vista and .Net framework 3? A: This question and others like this could refer to one of a few things: SAPI, our COM API; System.Speech, our…

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Where does dictation work in Windows Speech Recognition?

I get a lot of questions about dictation in Windows Speech Recognition for Vista.  One of the most frequent questions is why dictation doesn’t work in a particular application.  The short answer is that dictation relies on a technology called Text Services Framework to interact with applications.  If the application doesn’t support it, then dictation…

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Speech Language Support in Windows Vista

In my earlier post about how to download and install SR languages for Vista, I somehow neglected to mention what languages are supported.  Not surprisingly, we got some questions about this. Q: What languages is Windows Speech Recognition available in? A: For Speech Recognition, this info is available on the page on www.microsoft.com that talks…

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Microsoft Exchange 2010 Voicemail Preview well positioned with competitors

Interesting new study on the effectiveness of speech-to-text technologies.  Nice to see Microsoft beating Google Voice with the Exchange 2010 Voicemail Preview.  Interestingly, I think users will see improvements in their experiences with Voicemail Preview since we are using advanced machine learning  techniques that augment its vocabulary with names and words that are individually tailored…

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