Rob Chambers is working on the speech recognition in WindowsVista and his blog post contains some information that makes me smile. Really, really big smile. According to Rob the next version of Windows will merge the two current modes of speech recognition, command and dictation, into one seamless environment. No more switching to Command mode when you want to tell your computer to do something. Here is the example Rob has given:
In Office XP, Office 2003, and in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the user couldn’t just leave the microphone on and say commands and dictation back to back. They’d have to switch modes. For example, they’d have to say:
"Command", "File", "New"
"Dictate", "Hello period My name is Rob Chambers period"
"Command", "File", "Save"
In Vista, however, since there’s only one mode, the user can simple say:
"Hello period My name is Rob Chambers period"
As Rob says, this doesn’t seem like such a big deal but believe me, it will be. At the base level it means that WindowsVista will be able to intelligently figure out whether you are speaking a command or entering dictation. I just officially got excited about WindowsVista.