Rob's Rhapsody

Rob Chambers talks about Speech Recognition, Life at Microsoft inside OSD, and other random thoughts...

WP8 Speech – Exploring the MVVM pattern

Today’s post will be the first in a series discussing how I’ve used the MVVM (Model, View, View...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 07/05/2013

WP8 Voice Commands: Dynamic Phrase Lists … From Azure!

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been demonstrating various features of the new speech platform...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/14/2012

WP8 Voice Commands: Wildcards

In today’s post, we’re going to dig into a very useful feature of the Windows Phone 8.0 speech...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/08/2012

WP8 Voice Commands: Phrase Lists

Today, I ’m going to show you how to extend the app we built in yesterday’s post, using something we...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/07/2012

How many lines of code does it take to build a complete WP8 speech app?

In today's post, I'm going to show you how to use the three different parts of the speech platform...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/06/2012

Windows Phone 8 is here! Start speech enabling your apps…

It’s time to start speech enabling your Windows Phone applications, developers! In...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/01/2012

Developers: Coming soon to a phone near you… Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 is almost here!! Joe Belfiore introduced Windows Phone 8 to the world in June, 2012....

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/24/2012

Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Speech Recognition

Here at Microsoft we've been busy over the last year adding cool new speech features to a bunch of...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 09/13/2011

Want to see what you can do with Speech across 3 screens and a cloud?

Happy 2010! I talked about what we’ve all been up to in 2009 in the Speech group on the Speech Team...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 01/14/2010

Microsoft's Bing for iPhone went live yesterday, and is now available in the iPhone application...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 12/16/2009

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Buzz -- Speech is 1 of 5 key features, according to Mary-Jo Foley from ZDNet

Mary-Jo Foley posted an article on her blog on ZDNet yesterday talking about how the RTM buzz for...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 08/14/2009

Controlling your PC via PowerShell and Speech Recognition?

I just read a pretty cool post by Joel 'Jaykul' Bennett from HuddledMasses.org where he shows his...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/28/2009

Microsoft sponsors the 2009-2010 AVIOS Speech Application Programming Contest

One of the cooler parts of my jobs is interacting with customers and partners. One such opportunity...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 05/11/2009

TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

Last night, as 12:01am, Tellme announced their Spring 09 upgrades to their underlying speech...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 04/29/2009

Using Windows Speech Recognition to blog?

I've been reading a lot of blog posts lately about bloggers using Speech Recognition technology...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 01/05/2009

Cannon camera + EOS Utility + ShutterVoice = Hands-free photography?

This morning I read a blog entry on Wired about a new application coming out from a guy named Scott...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/26/2008

Macro of the Day: Disable Cap [textInDocument]

A reader recently wrote to us here at Microsoft, and asked us if there was a way to disable the...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/20/2008

Macro of the Day: Microphone Control

I've got two microphones that I use most of the time. An Andrea SoundMAX SuperBeam 2 element...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/07/2008

WA State Deploys Microsoft Audio Indexing Solution

It’s official. Microsoft’s audio indexing solution (born out of Microsoft Research) is now online as...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/31/2008

A user authored guide to macros: WSRMacros: The User Guide

Many of you know that we've been working on our Windows Speech Recognition Macros utility for a...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/23/2008

Speech Server 2007 Resources

If you want to start developing on Speech Server 2007, you should probably start off using the...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/08/2008

Google Chrome doesn't support Speech Recognition in Vista? IE and Firefox do... Hmmm...

I haven't tried it out personally, but over on the Habitually Good blog, Vaibhav says that Google's...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 09/16/2008

Macro of the Day: Math Test!

One of the joys of being a parent is helping them learn. I'm very lucky, in that regard, because my...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 09/11/2008

JetBlue chooses Microsoft speech recognition technology over Nuance

Here's an interesting article on JetBlue's choice of using Microsoft's speech technology over that...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 09/02/2008

Macro of the Day: Search Tivo for That!

Every year in the Fall it's time for me to check out what's new on TV, and decide what, if anything,...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 09/02/2008

I've always wanted a good place to upload all my speech macros that I talk about on my Macro of the...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 08/25/2008

Interesting article about Nuance on CNET: Wonder why everything isn't speech controlled?

In my morning look at news, I saw this article about why everything isn't already speech enabled....

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 08/22/2008

Macro of the Day: Mute the speakers!

A user wrote in to me via my blog the other day and asked: “Is there a way to control volume...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 08/18/2008

Speech Macro of the Day: Speech Dictionary

I get feedback from people, from time to time, that they'd like a more efficient way to add items to...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 08/02/2008

Say2Go awarded 1st Prize in ISV/Software Solutions in Microsoft's 2008 Partner Contest

Congratulations to Myro Mykhalchuk and his team at Say2Go for winning 1st Prize in Microsoft's 2008...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 07/07/2008

Macro of the Day: Windows Media Player

Have you ever wanted to control your media player with your voice? Well now you can! With today’s...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 07/01/2008

Using Macros of the Day: A Step by Step Guide

I've been posting macros for a few weeks now, and one question that comes up from time to time is,...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 07/01/2008

Making a Speech macro Application Specific

A common question I get is, "Hey, Rob, How do I make a speech macro application specific?"...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/30/2008

Macro of the Day: Say what you want and get it! (inside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Today's macro of the day is a cool trick involving another free tool from Microsoft called Search...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/20/2008

Disney's "Innovention Dream Home": A look inside

I love Disneyland, and I love technology, so it's a no-brainer for me to absolutely love Disney's...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/18/2008

Macro of the Day: Send Email to [OutlookContact]

Today's macro let's you say things like "Send email to Rob", or "Send email to Rob...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/09/2008

Macro of the day: Next Slide

Have you ever found yourself giving a presentation about speech recognition and wished you could...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/03/2008

Macro of the Day: Tell me the weather forecast for Redmond

Another good request for a macro came in the other day, this time from Brian (Thanks Brian). Here's...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 06/02/2008

"I've started using the speech recognition features and I'm blown away!"

Quote of the day from the blogosphere (from Carl Franklin) that caught my eye: "I've started using...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 05/29/2008

Macro of the Day: Read that

Following up the macro of the day from last week, here's "Read That". Instead of inserting...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 05/28/2008

Microsoft Speech Powered Azentek Wins International Telematics Award for Best Aftermarket Device

Did you know you could experience Microsoft's Speech Recognition technology in cars? No, I'm not...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 05/23/2008

WSR Macro of the Day 2008.05.23: "Symbol That"

Now that the WSR Macro tool has been out for a couple weeks, it's clear that people are loving it!...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 05/23/2008

Sending Keys using custom WSRMacros

We've received some comments and questions recently from users trying out the new WSR Macros utility...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 05/07/2008

Two new Videos on Speech Recognition Development

Will DePalo (a Microsoft MVP) just posted two new videos on MSDN that show how to program against...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 04/03/2008

Speech Macros, Typing Mode and spelling Mode in Windows Speech Recognition

A Windows Speech Recognition user wrote in this week to compliment us on Windows Speech Recognition,...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/19/2007

Pac-Man Championship Edition

Last weekend, I bought a new XBOX Arcade and hooked it up on the downstairs TV. That makes 2 XBOX...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/05/2007

Oliver's interview about Live Search now with Speech Recognition

Long Zheng recently interviewed our very own Oliver Scholz about the latest Live Search that now has...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 11/02/2007

Comparing Speech Recognition in Vista vs Apple OS X

I was reading news the other day on my Windows Mobile phone while I was waiting in line for lunch,...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/31/2007

Windows Live Search vs Google Maps Mobile

Since shipping the speech enabled version of Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile a couple weeks...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/31/2007

I just saw a post by Brian Caulfield on Forbes.com asking the question, "What does Windows have that...

Author: Rob Chambers Date: 10/28/2007

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