Microsoft’s Windows Phone getting faster speech input

One of the difficult parts about shifting from iPhone to Windows Phone has been giving up the (near) real-time speech recognition that Google has been offering as part of its native iOS search app. The feature was impressive enough to make the updated Google app for iPhone and iPad our App of the Week last fall.

But a leaked video from an internal Microsoft event shows upcoming Windows Phone speech technology for Bing search that could at least match what Google is doing, and in some ways surpass it.

The video, uncovered by Stephen Chapman of MSFT Kitchen, shows technology from Microsoft Research that recognizes and shows words and search results as the person is still speaking the sentence. In addition, the project is boosting the accuracy of speech recognition, with specific improvements in noisy situations.

No word yet on when this will be added to Windows Phone. Mary Jo Foley reports that it’s one of several Microsoft Research projects that are making their way into Bing. Watch the video above, and see the full post on MSFT Kitchen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondouglasfarris Jason Farris

    That’s cool. I thought it was already pretty good.

  • SilverSee

    I feel Windows Phone’s speech recognition is quite good, but there is some latency. Looks like it will improve, hopefully soon.