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Microsoft Vista Speech Recognition Review

Many people own a copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7, but many people don’t know that it comes with a hands free dictate from speech to text software built in. To activate it just go to your control panel and then go through the options under the Speech Recognition button. After about an hour of setting up the software going through the tutorials and then training the software I was eager to see what this free piece of software could deliver. I told the software to ‘Start listening’ and then I ordered it to ‘Open wordpad’ and then I started dictating. Below is the result I got:

I am trying to get used to the Microsoft dictation software that comes free with windows vista. Even though I have taken the training on three separate occasions, I am having difficulty with dictating this document. I had to continuously correct myself on a continual basis because the dictation software keeps getting me muddled up. I think the main problem is that when we dictate our documents we speak very differently to how we would speak normally. We are supposed to speak in a newscaster fashion and this may not come naturally to most people even a trained presenter like myself. I have found many instances where I’ve had to correct words of context in a sentence such as the word to and two. I started this document at 11.10 AM and it is now 11.30 AM and I am finding that I’m getting used to this newscaster fashion of speaking although it is not as fluent as a program you have to pay for such as Dragon naturallyspeaking. I do like the fact that you don’t have to pay for the program if you already have windows vista although I’m starting to feel like you get what you pay for. It is now 11.35 AM to give you an idea of my progress. I have found it increasingly annoying that the computer will go and select something that I have already dictated as it gets confused with my commands with my dictation. I have to admit that the program is learning quite quickly the things that I’m saying at a relatively quick pace. Since taking the tutorial and three advanced voice recognition stages, I have launched wordpad and started typing this article without once lifting my finger to move the mouse or keyboard. There aren’t too many words in this article so far yet it is already 11.45 AM and I certainly don’t have 99.97% accuracy rate, for the amount of words that have been written I would say it’s closer to a 30 per cent accuracy rate but it is definitely going up. Compared with dragon naturallyspeaking I would estimate that this technology that is included with windows vista Is equivalent to dragon’s software couple of years back. Annoyingly I would have thought that the computer would now have picked up a mistake that has been reoccurring throughout this article and interestingly enough that mistake is to the word VISTA. Instead of using a noise canceling boom microphone I have opted to use my lavalier microphone clipped onto my shirt. I don’t think it has made any difference whatsoever though. It is now 12.02 PM, my throat is becoming hoarse, my mouth is dry and I am surprised I have been this patient so far. I am now going to go and buy a dragon naturally speaking and I pray that there will be 20 to eight million times better than this experience. It’s great that this piece of software is free but I awards this is generous five out of 10. I think it’s high time that I regained control, turn off my microphone, and get back to clicking and typing 🙂

Just for the record is now 1210 PM!

As I had made so many corrections to the software I figured it was ready and fair to review for video.


So to compliment the above video, below is what got spat out. Enjoy what was right and what was wrong with the transcription. The rating for the product is also in the transcription 🙂

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