Microsoft Gives Mobile Devices a New Voice

Microsoft Corp. today unveiled its first voice-controlled software for Windows Mobile™-based Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition, making consumers' wishes their command. Microsoft® Voice Command transforms PDAs and cell phones into virtual personal assistants by allowing consumers to experience effortless, speaker-independent, hands-free voice interaction with their phone, contacts, calendar and digital music while on the go. Voice Command moves the company one step closer to putting the digital lifestyle within reach. Voice Command turns up the volume on today's speech-recognition technology, revolutionizing the way consumers interact with their Pocket PC. Whether users are phoning a friend from behind the wheel, checking appointments while running errands or listening to music on the treadmill, Voice Command makes it easier, simpler and more convenient than ever for them to take their connected lifestyle with them wherever they go.

"Microsoft's Voice Command sets a new standard in voice-controlled applications for mobile devices," said Dale Coffing, editor in chief of "The out-of-the-box experience for making phone calls, hearing the details of upcoming appointments and listening to music is superb. Being able to use my Pocket PC so easily while driving my car or just walking down the street is phenomenal."

Voice Command uses Microsoft's next-generation phonetic speech-recognition technology, the result of 10 years of research, to make speech interaction simple, intuitive and practical. While most voice-controlled software applications today require people to deliver unnatural and prerecorded verbal commands, Voice Command allows them to use natural language to go directly to what's most important in a matter of seconds.

News source: MS Presspass

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