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Smartphone Software - Microsooft Voice Command

Easily control your mobile device with your voice and make calls, look up appointments, find contacts, and more. Read all about it.
Published: Oct 8, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan

Voice Command by Microsoft Corporation

by Michael E. Callahan aka Dr. File Finder


Note: Since by definition "smartphones" are phones that are alsoPDA's, the software reviewed here should work with personal digitalassistants that are not "smartphones". Check the operating systembecause we'll be reviewing software for both Pocket PC and Palm devices.-- Editor

Anyone that's watched "Star Trek" has probably fantasized abouttalking to their computer. There's something very appealing about theidea of being able to talk to a device and have it carry out yourcommands. Well, when it comes to your Windows Mobile device you may becloser to the dream than you think. Microsoft Voice Command isslick software that lets you talk to your handheld device. Itutilizes the very latest in speech recognition technology and I wasimpressed with how well it performed.

With Voice Command on your Windows Mobile "smartphone" you canhave it dial phone calls, no hands needed. You can also have it playmusic that's stored on your device, look up appointments, find contacts,and more. You can even ask it for "help" and it provides it. Once youget the hang of the available language, you can really get a lot done.Ask your device "What are my appointments for today?" and it'll tellyou. I find it's extremely nice for making "hands-free" phonecalls when I'm driving.

Microsoft Voice Command is gradually getting more features which makesit even more fun to use. For example, it can tell you about any missedcalls you have as well as announcing who an incoming call is from.Another cool feature is the ability to start programs using a voicecommand. You can lookup appointments, contacts, and more.

Microsoft Voice Command doesn't requite "training" as some voicerecognition programs do. It works "right out of the box." I found thatonce you get used to it you find yourself using it more and more. No,it's not the computer off the Enterprise, but it's a step in the rightdirection. Check it out for yourself. There is no "trial" version so youhave to purchase it.

  • Microsoft Voice Command
  • Version: 1.5
  • System Requirements: Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PC orPocket PC Phone Edition.
  • Visit Microsoft Corporation

If you have software you use on your "smartphone" or PDA, come and talkabout it with us in the Forums. We look forward to seeing you there.


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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