Leaked prototype Bing application shows the way forward for Windows Phone

If you have been curious about what Microsoft has been working on behind the scenes for Windows Phone, take a look at the video above that shows a prototype Bing application. The new application includes improved speech recognition and audio reception during noisy situations.

The video speaks for itself on what has been improved, but it includes error rate reduction, faster speech requests, and handling speech requests in noisy environments. For those Windows Phone fans out there, the source states that some of these updates are rolling out to some customers in select regions; it is unclear when all end users will benefit from the updates.

We will be curious to see when this technology will be baked into the OS itself and wonder if it will be part of the Windows Phone Blue update or will Microsoft hold out and make this part of Windows Phone 9?

Source: MSFTKitchen

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While I do like this demo, Android's ability to do this on phone is impressive. More importantly, dictation needs to be a priority too.

This is really awesome! I can't wait till we get this on our phones .... the instant feedback instead of waiting for it to think is a big win IMO.

Haven't used Windows phone in a while, but can you set reminders via speech like you can on other platforms? Ex: "Remind me in 55 minutes to save document."

AWilliams87 said,
Haven't used Windows phone in a while, but can you set reminders via speech like you can on other platforms? Ex: "Remind me in 55 minutes to save document."

Not sure about new additions to commands in WP8, but apps can... even if they aren't currently running. WP8 allows apps to integrate with TellMe.

For instance, if you have my Hurricane Tracker app, you can say:
Hurricane Tracker, show me visible satellite imagery of the Gulf of México.
Hurricane Tracker, show me storms in the Indian Ocean.

With lots of variations allowed, of course, to make it very natural and respond to all the different ways you might phrase it.

So, as you can see, if the functionality you want isn't built in, somebody can write an app that does it. And from my experience, an app that does that would be very easy to write and wouldn't take long at all.

Unfortunately, you can't do that in the OS. Microsoft doesn't have an official "intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator". You can, however, use an app called Maluuba: http://www.maluuba.com/

I have it installed but I haven't used it yet. It was first released as an Android app but the WP8 app is slightly better because of its live tile support.

You can use the voice commands to open a new onenote or add a new task or entry in your calendar. Or there's a couple of apps that can do that too.

Anaron said,
Unfortunately, you can't do that in the OS. Microsoft doesn't have an official "intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator". You can, however, use an app called Maluuba: http://www.maluuba.com/

I have it installed but I haven't used it yet. It was first released as an Android app but the WP8 app is slightly better because of its live tile support.

Do you know if MS has invested into that aspect? They have been really tight lipped on the next generation of voice etc.

I have only seen that "futuristic" voice recognition ad with those 2 ladies in a café.

Edited by Yusuf M., Mar 21 2013, 9:53pm :

FunkyMike said,

Do you know if MS has invested into that aspect? They have been really tight lipped on the next generation of voice etc.

I have only seen that "futuristic" voice recognition ad with those 2 ladies in a café.

They've definitely invested in improving voice recognition for Bing, but I don't know what they have planned to compete with Apple's Siri.

Until my phone can find

"the phone numbers of all persons who live in Acapulco and each have more than 100 appearances in my photo collection and with whom I have had e-mail within last month"

via voice commands, I won't be impressed

I really like the real time feedback. It's always a crapshoot with WP now to know whether it actually understood what you're saying.

I really liked that as well. At the moment I rarely use speech because its not fast with feedback and its a hit and miss experience.

If this rolls out in my region then I'll definatly try it again. Right now I only use it to impress those with an older smartphone that think speech recognition is stil a thing of the past (and I have to talk --- r-e-a-l-l-y --- a-c-c-u-r-a-t-e --- so I don't make a fool out of myself.

Ronnet said,
I really liked that as well. At the moment I rarely use speech because its not fast with feedback and its a hit and miss experience.

If this rolls out in my region then I'll definatly try it again. Right now I only use it to impress those with an older smartphone that think speech recognition is stil a thing of the past (and I have to talk --- r-e-a-l-l-y --- a-c-c-u-r-a-t-e --- so I don't make a fool out of myself.


The segment where the guy simulated the background noise was the most intriguing one; if it will perform as well in a real environment it will be a killer feature because a noisy environment is, in real life, the most common scenario.
I hope it will not be US limited though.