Microsoft Sets March Launch for Speech Server
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates plans to unveil Speech Server 2004 during a series of speech and developers conferences. The company also says it will offer two editions of the software, one for large deployments and another for smaller enterprises.Microsoft Corp. will launch its long-awaited Speech Server in March during a series of conferences in San Francisco, the company announced on Thursday. At the same time that it announced new partners for the product, the Redmond, Wash., software maker said company Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will officially unveil Microsoft Speech Server 2004 on March 24. He is scheduled to hold a keynote speech for the co-located SpeechTEK Spring 2004, VSLive! San Francisco 2004 and Microsoft Mobile Developers Conference events. Microsoft Speech Server, which entered its final beta in December, will be the companys latest addition to the Windows Server System. It includes server software for handling speech recognition and text-to-speech conversions as well as a set of tools for building speech applications in Visual Studio .Net, called the Microsoft Speech Application Software Development Kit (SASDK).
Company officials have said Microsoft hopes to expand the reach of speech-enabled applications to smaller enterprises with its offering. But it also is targeting large deployments.