Earlier this month, Microsoft held a confidential event for employees where a handful of future technologies were demonstrated. In addition to Fresh Paint for Windows Blue, I’m now bringing you a live demo that was given of a prototype Bing app for Windows Phone to demonstrate a handful of speech recognition improvements:
- Word error rate reduction
- Reduction in latency for speech requests
- Better handling of speech requests in noisy situations
At the end of the demo, Eric Rudder, Chief Technical Strategy Office, says that in addition to a 12-15 percent increase in word error rate accuracy in current tests, another 10-15 percent is “in the bank,” per his conversation with Microsoft Research speech scientists.
Although the demonstrator noted certain enhancements are already being rolled out to Windows Phone customers in select areas, what’s unclear is the timeline they’re following for everything else shown.
Will all of this be fully integrated into Windows Phone Blue, or will some of it have to wait until Windows Phone 9? Either way, go ahead and check out the demo below — especially if you’re a Windows Phone user/junkie:
And with that, I’ll go ahead and call this a post. I’ve got much more to come in the near future, so stay tuned!