bing-speechIt does seem as though Microsoft’s Bing has just received a spanking new speech recognition control as well as an updated Bing OCR and Translator controls. The new Bing Speech Recognition Control for Windows 8 and 8.1 have been released, where it will be accompanied by updates to the Bing Optical Character Recognition Control for Windows 8.1 as well as Bing Translator Control for Windows 8.1, where it would allow developers to be more knowledgeable, natural, and aware applications. Speech Recognition for Windows 8.0 and 8.1 would mean you will be able to simply speak to your handset for a truly hands-free experience. This lets you interact more naturally with your devices to dictate emails, look for the latest news, and navigate through your apps among others.

Should you be a Windows Phone developer, you would be familiar with the speech recognition within Windows Phone. It takes as little as ten lines of C# + XAML or JavaScript + HTML for you to place a SpeechRecognizerUX control in your application, in addition to a microphone button as well as a TextBlock, accompanied by the required code to support them. Whenever you tap or click the mic, you will hear a blip, or “earcon”, which is the signal that you can speak there and then. [Press Release]

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