Microsoft Preps Voice Command Launch

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-10-29 Print this article Print

The new voice recognition software will allow users of Windows Mobile 2003 handheld and smart phones to access applications through speech.

Microsoft Corp. is revving the launch of new voice recognition software for handhelds and smart phones that will allow users to speak commands to access information and launch applications. The Redmond, Wash., software maker on Monday will release the Voice Command software, which works on devices using the Windows Mobile 2003 operating system, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The software will support voice-activated commands for Microsoft Outlook contacts and calendar appointments so users can find phone numbers or confirm a meeting; for Windows Media Player so users can play music by saying commands such as "Play Beatles;" and for launching applications such a Word or the Outlook inbox without needing to use a stylus, the spokeswoman said
News of the impending unveiling leaked earlier this week on the Web site, a company spokeswoman said, which led the company to provide early details of the launch. Development of Voice Command grew out of work in Microsofts automotive business unit, which realized that drivers need a safe way to interact with their mobile devices while theyre on the road, she said. Voice Command will be available for $39.95 from Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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