For what it is worth, the voice recognition built into Vista is supposed
to have significant enhancements over XP (increased accuracy, reduced
training time). I worked with it a bit in the Vista Beta 2/RC 1 time
frame, but since then have lost track of my microphone.
In addition to doing voice transcription, you can issue many commands to
the OS by voice. Useful if you have a sleeping baby in your arms; but
my babies are now two and older, and no longer take naps (except under
protest), so my interest in Windows voice navigation has waned.
Nick Ogrizovich wrote:
> Hi Roger,
> The Adaptive Technology Lab has Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) on a
> few computers, and we provide support to students who use it. Success
> is highly dependent on the quality of the microphone, (get a USB mic,
> and a more $$ kind) and voice ability. Accents such as the Boston
> accent, can make recognition difficult. Generally speaking, most
> people can get 90 to 95% accuracy after just a few hours of training.
> (training in DNS is as simple as picking a built in novel, and reading
> the words on the screen- while the computer matches your voice to the
> To see DNS in action, check this out:
> Carol is right, they have good vendor support. It is the leading voice
> recognition software on the PC platform. The "preferred" version is
> the cheapest at $199. I usually recommend that people who "need" this
> software in order to use a computer buy the professional version.
> However, Office 2003 has great built in voice recognition as well. A
> co worker in ACCESS uses that to 'type' up some letters/emails. For
> more info on using the built in speech recognition in XP, see:
> Hope this is a start, I can answer any other questions as they come up.