Microsoft Gives Mobile Devices a Voice in Europe

Posted by bink on March 8 2005, 2:15 AM. Posted in Voice Commands.

Microsoft Voice Command gives users the power of speech control for their Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs

Today, Microsoft launches the first voice-controlled software specifically designed for Windows Mobile™ 2003-based Pocket PCs in Europe - Microsoft® Voice Command. Voice Command transforms Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Edition devices into virtual interactive personal assistants by enabling effortless, hands-free management of a range of functionalities such as phone, contacts, appointments and Windows Media® Player. This application is a cost-effective and convenient way for consumers to get the most out of their connected lifestyle. Through speech commands, which do not need to be pre-recorded, Microsoft Voice Command offers users the following key features:

  • Voice-controlled hands-free phone. Whether in the car, at the airport or walking down the street, people can enjoy true hands-free phone conversations without ever having to manually dial a number. They can simply say any name from their contacts list. For example, they might say "call David Jones" or "dial 020 71234 5678" in order to use the phone capability of their device.
  • Caller information announced. Pocket PC Phone Edition users can have incoming call information announced as calls are received. If you think you may have missed a call, you can simply ask "What calls did I miss?" and Voice Command will recite the time and phone number of missed calls.
  • Voice-controlled calendar look up. Checking appointments has never been easier. Regardless of location, consumers can simply ask their device "What's my next appointment?" or "What's my calendar?" and the time, subject and location of each entry will be spoken aloud.
  • Voice-controlled Windows Media Player. Now voice commands can be used as a virtual remote control to select and play music by artist, album or genre. People don't need to fumble for CDs anymore; instead they can scroll through and play a long list of songs by voice activation on Windows Media Player already installed on their device. Consumers can simply say "Play music" using Voice Command as their personal disc jockey.
  • Voice-controlled utilities. Start any program in the Start menu or programs folder, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, the Outlook® calendar, contacts, tasks, games or calculator. Get signal strength, battery level, time and day by voice. To help avoid surprises, Voice Command will even alert you when your battery is getting low. Continue At Source