One thing we are not hearing a lot about with the new Microsoft Surface is voice-recognition. With the new operating systems and the more predominant mobile devices, it would seem that one of the more obvious things would be to have stronger integration with the voice recognition solution for those devices.
I was really expecting to have a more solid solution for Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface, but according to Nuance, Peter Mahoney,”…Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not designed for tablets, so it won’t work on the Surface. We expect to see more cloud-based versions of Dragon across various platforms — but we haven’t made any announcements that we can discuss at this point.”
Nuance and Google both provide a level of voice-recognition that’s very accurate. Both of these services are very accurate, and the both cloud-based. Meaning that the mobile device doesn’t really do any of the voice recognition; the data is sent to a remote location where the sound is analyzed and transcribed, the data is sent back to the mobile device and then pasted. This makes for the most efficient use of resources for doing voice-recognition, it also provides these two companies real-time feedback on the accuracy of the information that’s being used.
Microsoft has their own version of voice-recognition, but previous examples and testing of their version of voice-recognition have been less than stellar. Comparison testing between Google and Nuance’s voice-recognition simply outperform Microsoft’s efforts in this field. Microsoft’s version of voice-recognition seems to be well suited for single or very short phrases [like commands]. In my experience, as I have compared Microsoft’s voice-recognition to Google and Nuance; it’s just highly flawed.
What’s interesting about this whole thing is that Nuance is working with Intel on integrating voice-recognition into the new versions of laptops. The integration of voice-recognition from smart phones is now bleeding over to traditional laptops and hopefully desktops. It’s not that laptops and desktops didn’t have this technology before, but since smart phones have been utilizing voice-recognition technology for several years, it’s become more commonplace to use it.
Peter’s comments about cloud-based versions of Dragon seems to be the perfect way for Nuance to deploy their voice-recognition solution to every platform. With very little coding, Nuance has the ability to create voice-recognition solutions that can be deployed to multiple operating systems, without having to load a massive voice-recognition database or algorithm; it also cuts down on distribution of DVDs and software boxes. It also allows for lower end PCs and laptops/mobile devices to utilize voice-recognition on every level; regardless of the devices resources.
As long as the device has the ability to record sound and transmit that to a remote location for recognition, voice-recognition abilities can be applied. This applies to Google as well, but I don’t think the we’re going to see Google’s voice-recognition on Microsoft Surface [excluding Chrome].
As we see more and more mobile devices, it’s going to be very important to have a strong voice recognition solution. Most of the mobile devices have some sort of keyboard so that you can enter information privately, but for the most part I see people transitioning over to using voice-recognition to do just about everything with their mobile devices.
By Nuance not having an offering of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Microsoft Surface, I think this is going to be viewed as a negative point for the mobile device, not as a shortcoming by Nuance. Microsoft is releasing Microsoft Surface as a Windows 8 Pro and RT version; it makes sense for Nuance the holdout just a little bit to find out how exactly they want to approach it.
Larry Henry Jr.
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