So I'm here to tell about something that probably is the most advanced feature in Windows compared to its competition, and the most underrated in general: Speech Recognition.
I was once reading a long while back, this opinion article about how Microsoft should had put its TellMe speech recognition in Windows 8 (primarily for tablets). TellMe is the speech recognition on Windows Phone 7 and 8, which by the way was built into Windows Phone well before apple cooked in a third party app that was used on iphone 4 into the 4s release and demanded money for it. Now, I thought that was superfluous to have, as it can only do about four major commands of searching with Bing, opening an app (which siri is now doing with ios 6, an advanced mobile OS my pooper!), calling someone or texting someone. All of those commands have a few different options, like to call someone. you can say to call someone on speaker or on Bluetooth or calling their mobile. And with Windows Phone 8 it is able to use a new Speech API to control apps through speech commands. Heck, I even use TellMe when I'm driving, and believe you me, it's UBER better than using siri for voice texting, as it ACTUALLY reads back what it thinks you said whereas siri must not. I'm assuming this as I've seen many a screenshot of siri drunkenness.
This is nice and all, but I thought that since Windows 8 supports mouse input, keyboard input and navigation, and touch input, that should be enough. Nope!
I stumbled upon this when I was exploring the Control Panel and it hit me, Windows 8 doesn't need TellMe, it has an incredibly advanced speech command and recognition platform that has been watered down into mobile apps, and has been around with Windows since I believe earlier than xp. Yet, it's now becoming the most used feature on smartphones and phablets. Even the company that built siri is building a new app that is able to recognize your voice profile and be able to use that as biometric safeguard. Windows doesn't have that, yet, but it's able to be trained to your unique voice profile and improve its abilities.
Windows 7 Speech Recognition - YouTube
This here is a video, looks like it was taped in 1998, of it being shown off in Windows 7 by a younger Bill Gates.
I've also looked through the reference card of speech commands, and you're literally able to control EVERYTHING with speech, where as Windows Phone 8 is now getting that ability, IF the app itself uses that new API. I have yet to use it, as I need a mic to test it out and I don't have one around. But seeing that literally 90 percent of new laptops today and even from the vista age have built in mics, it's surprising that this feature isn't being touted around as I would bet many of those built in mics could work fine. Even on desktops, you could just get a decent mic and be good with it, and AIO PCs usually have one built in as well. I personally will be showing people how to use it now, as it makes sense that a new Windows version that combines tablet-like features along with traditional features should have a speech recognition engine that should be known of and used.
And what I REALLY want to be able to do one day if my puter starts acting up, I want to say, "Computer! What are you doing?! COMPUTER! STOP!"