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December 20, 2012

Windows Phone 8 Recognizes Speech in 15 Languages

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

Since Microsoft's (News - Alert) last mobile operating system has proven to be quite a sinker, it was about time for Microsoft to reassess its strategy. In its new operating system, Windows 8, Microsoft has decided to add some crucial features that might help it trump its previous OS. Among these features was language recognition in 15 different languages.

Although Windows Phone (News - Alert) 8 looks almost identical to Windows 7.5, it's an entirely different type of animal. There are a lot of changes you might not notice at first glance, but you'll notice them as you use the phone more. A few of the changes will appear very quickly, such as the language recognition. Windows Phone 8's on-screen keyboard boasts the ability to work with 50 different languages. Complete speech recognition is available in 15 languages, and the software recognizes new accents such as the Indian accent. Its supported languages include countries like Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India (for English), Japan, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Taiwan. Hindi is still available with text prediction. So far, this gives Microsoft's speech recognition an edge over Siri, which interpreted the Indian accent poorly.

But those are not the only features Windows 8 has introduced. The new OS finally supports multi-core processing, a wide peripheral portfolio, and new higher-definition screen resolutions. A "kid's corner" has also been introduced; letting children who use thephone have their own little piece of the fun in a controlled environment.

One of the greatest business features of the phone is the ability to work with Microsoft Office, open a document wherever you left off, and view presentations in thumbnail mode. Skype (News - Alert) and VoIP integration is practically seamless, and the OS also supports near-field communications. This is not just another MS release that should be left in the background with all the other noise. Windows 8 Phone is a beast of an operating system that can deliver a much greater caliber of service than any of its predecessors or any of its competitors.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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