Microsoft Makes More Speech Server Noise

Redmond software maker highlights customers, positioning at SpeechTEK conference in New York.

NEW YORK—Microsoft Corp. is using this weeks SpeechTEK conference here to talk about the momentum behind another pending member of its Windows System Server family: Microsoft Speech Server.

Microsoft released at the show the names of five joint-development-program partners who have built prototype applications with Speech Server and Microsofts speech software-development kit (SDK).

Speech Server is currently in beta 1; the speech SDK is in its third beta release. Microsoft executives have said the company plans to ship the final Speech Server product in the first quarter of next year. This week, Microsoft said it will ship the final code by "spring" of next year.

Speech Server is, in short, a telephony server, according to Kai-Fu Lee, corporate vice president of speech technologies. It will compete with similar products from InterVoice, Avaya and Nortel. It is aimed at medium-sized businesses and enterprise-level customers.

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