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Rob's Rhapsody

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

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WP8 Speech – Exploring the MVVM pattern

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:32:36 +0000

Today’s post will be the first in a series discussing how I’ve used the MVVM (Model, View, View Model) pattern to build a full blown user experience for the “Search On” application I’ve previously blogged about. If you haven’t read the earlier posts, you might want to take a few minutes and see where we...

WP8 Voice Commands: Dynamic Phrase Lists … From Azure!

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:02:21 +0000

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been demonstrating various features of the new speech platform included in Windows Phone 8.0. So far, we’ve covered the following topic areas: Start Speech Enabling your apps! … where I consolidated a bunch of resources, and uploaded a video of a “real world” Windows Phone application that I’ve “speech...

WP8 Voice Commands: Wildcards

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:44:58 +0000

In today’s post, we’re going to dig into a very useful feature of the Windows Phone 8.0 speech platform, specifically how to use wildcards with the VoiceCommandService. As those of you following along already know, in our first post, we built a WP8 speech app, called “Search On”, enabling users to “Search On Amazon” by...

WP8 Voice Commands: Phrase Lists

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:00:14 +0000

Today, I ’m going to show you how to extend the app we built in yesterday’s post, using something we call Phrase Lists. Using a Phrase List, we’ll be able to let users of our “Search On” application “Search on” 15 more sites, not just search on Here are a couple examples of how...

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

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:31:18 +0000

In today's post, I'm going to show you how to use the three different parts of the speech platform on Windows Phone 8.0: Voice Commands, Speech Recognition, and Speech Synthesis. To do that, we're going to build an actual application, that has real value, but hopefully will be less than 100 lines of code. Ready?...

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

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:30:00 +0000

It’s time to start speech enabling your Windows Phone applications, developers! In today’s post, I’ll kick things off by consolidating and linking to a bunch of different resources that you can use to get started. I’ll also show you a real world application, that’s not a toy / sample app, that I’ve built using the...

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

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:54:25 +0000

Windows Phone 8 is almost here!! Joe Belfiore introduced Windows Phone 8 to the world in June, 2012. Kevin Gallo summarized what’s new for developers, just a week later. The new Windows Phone Dev Center came online in August. The Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview program was announced in September. The Windows Phone 8 press...

Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Speech Recognition

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 09:49:41 +0000

Here at Microsoft we've been busy over the last year adding cool new speech features to a bunch of Microsoft platforms and applications. You've undoubtedly heard about at least one of these recently (unless of course you live under a rock :-])... One such example is the work we've done in Windows Phone 7.5 (aka...

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

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:24:00 +0000

Happy 2010!   I talked about what we’ve all been up to in 2009 in the Speech group on the Speech Team blog the other day… Focusing across the 3 screens and a cloud...   I also thought it’d be interesting to see the demo/video I put together on Channel 10 that demos some of...

Bing on the iPhone (with Voice Search!)

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 08:45:59 +0000

Microsoft's Bing for iPhone went live yesterday, and is now available in the iPhone application store. You can read more about it here on PC I downloaded the app last night on my wife's iPhone and it's working great! The Speech team here at Microsoft has been working with Bing on the Voice Search...