Microsoft's voice non-recognition

Posted on 2006-07-29 19:56

This embarrassing video showing a Microsoft Vista voice recognition feature demonstration gone awry brought me back. Microsoft is blaming 'ambient noise' for the snafu, but having personally set up and used Dragon Voice recognition software for my boss who used it for several years (and that was several years ago now), this is truly horrible stuff. Dragon, an English company, could recognize my boss' very heavy 1940's-esqe New York Irish fireman's accent better in about 5 minutes than Microsoft's product could understand a clear-speaking, neutral voiced demonstrator who probably trained with it for hours beforehand. Very sad.