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Microsoft Showcases Improved Bing Voice Recognition App

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Microsoft shows 15 percent improvement in Bing's voice recognition app, with further improvement possible.

Voice recognition has always had a reputation as being amusingly useless, that is until Apple started making progress with Siri, showing that voice recognition has a potential future. Now Microsoft has jumped forward with huge improvements in Bing's voice recognition app, showing that there is still a future for this tricky technology. 

A few weeks ago, Microsoft held a private event for its employees to show off how much improvement they have made in Bing's voice recognition. Advanced Technology Group worked together with Microsoft's research department to get an impressive 15 percent improvement in accuracy. Not only that, but they predict that they can still increase the accuracy by another 10 to 15 percent by the time the app launches for Windows Phones. 


The team also announced that they have improved the efficiency of the app, meaning that the system can recognize and interpret speech more rapidly and decrease time spent silently musing on what odd response might be forthcoming. For the demo on the new voice recognition capabilities, have a look at the video below.

Bing Voice Prototype Demo

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    janetonly42 , March 26, 2013 3:32 AM
    I'm sure MS and their buddies in the FED are thinking of adding this to their upcoming Spybox 720 to go along with always on internet and motion camera.
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    dillonpeterliam , March 26, 2013 3:35 AM
    step by step WP is getting there,
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    azraa , March 26, 2013 5:51 AM
    It's sad because they try harder :'3
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    eiskrystal , March 26, 2013 7:43 AM
    Feli, It's a shame that the magical money your family wished into existence has been spent on pretend cars, rather than towards furthering your ability to spell out basic english sentences.
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    headscratcher , March 26, 2013 9:54 AM
    janetonly42I'm sure MS and their buddies in the FED are thinking of adding this to their upcoming Spybox 720 to go along with always on internet and motion camera.

    Yes, but aluminum foil around your head blocks it And, you can start speaking conversationally in pig-latin to fool the computer/alien overlords' speech recognition. Also, if you wear your pants and shirt backwards and wave your arms around, the sensors won't be able to properly track you.
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    alextheblue , March 26, 2013 9:37 PM
    dillonpeterliamstep by step WP is getting there,
    It's pretty much there already. The biggest issue is getting the best models on more networks, and that's really between the hardware makers and the carriers.

    Where's the Ativ S? Oh that's right, VZW went for the crappy Ativ Odyssey instead, which is inferior to the Lumia 822 in almost every way and costs more on contract to boot. Now you can get a 822 for free on contract, the Odyssey still costs $50. :/ 
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