Sure, Windows Vista is still in beta. But Vista’s speech recognition seemed to be more than a little iffy, when Senior Director Shanen Boettcher put it through its demo paces during the morning session at Microsoft’s Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) in Redmond on July 27. Vista recognized almost none of the words Boettcher spoke in his memo-writing demo – a fact he attributed to echoing in the keynote hall. Luckily for Boettcher, Microsoft’s brass doesn’t necessarily punish folks when their key demos fail. Anyone remember Chris Capossella’s infamous Windows 98 demo? Capossella is now Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Business Division.