Windows Phone 8 Features: Speech recognition
October 31, 2012 at 13:22 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
The speech recognition feature in Windows Phone 7.5 which is powered by TellMe and Bing is quite useful if one uses it regularly and gets to know all the commands, although it doesn't have native question/answer service and isn't as well rounded as the fruit company's Siri. Even still, the feature in Windows Phone 7.5 allows you to make a phone call, respond to a text message, search the web and open applications only using your voice.
Windows Phone 8 brings massive improvements to the speech recognition feature. Developers can now make applications that take advantage of speech recognition, allowing users to interact with applications via speech. For instance, Microsoft teamed up with Audible to bring speech recognition to their Windows Phone 8 application, allowing users to shout a variety of commands at their handsets like telling the application to start dictating a particular book.
Although it's not up to Siri's gimmicky standards, speech recognition on Windows Phone 8 just got better and will continue to do so via future updates. Watch the video for more tips on how to get the best out of the feature.
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