1. firstness's Avatar
    I was using the WP8 emulator trying to get an idea of how the interface works (I'm currently an iPhone user). Is it possible to enable speech-to-text anywhere? For example I go to google.com in the browser and click the text box to bring up the keyboard, but I don't see a microphone button to allow me to use voice instead of typing in this instance.

    I noticed you can hold the start button to begin recording voice, but will it enter the result of this in the google.com text box? (I can't find a way to test voice in the WP8 emulator).
    11-03-2012 03:53 AM
  2. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    The only new functionality with speech is you can now create OneNote notes through voice. Other than that, a developer must add speech functionality to their own 3rd party app. Its quite disappointing that Microsoft hasn't allowed speech-to-text anywhere there is a text field. Its almost as if they said "we don't feel like making speech improvements, so we will make it look like we did by leaving the work up tot the developers to handle this for us (through apps people might not even install to notice the speech improvements) so we can get this Kid's Corner finished!".

    For example, a Craigslist app. It would be nice to have a microphone to speak the item I want to find, but the odds of a developer adding speech to an app like that is, IMO, low. So in that case, we wouldn't even get to take advantage of the new speech functionality. Or perhaps an important email I need to respond to while on then road. AskZiggy allows that now, so I can see that being used, but should we really need a third party app for that Microsoft...? Also, as it stands, the speech dictation is horrible. I hope they enhanced the servers or something (even though this a fix that could occur for ALL devices since it would just be a server fix I assume).

    The more stuff I see omitted from Windows Phone 8, the easier it has been to not want one of the new devices and wait for 8.5 or w/e. Its almost like Microsoft didn't even take suggestions from the suggestion box and skipped OS enhancements to focus on "big" things (NFC, dual core support, new kernel, etc). While I am really happy to see these new things come, I would have been more impressed to see things fixed in the OS at the same time, which doesn't appear to be the case. I think Microsoft only aimed for those screaming "no dual core" and "no apps", which I understand, but they had plenty of time for OS fixes...
    11-03-2012 06:44 AM
  3. firstness's Avatar
    Hate to say it but the lack of seemingly basic features such as this is making me reconsider my preorder of the L920.. Might pick up a Nexus 4 instead.
    11-03-2012 01:38 PM
  4. lordofthereef's Avatar
    Ugh, while not a dealbreaker, I often use speech to text on my iPhone, namely when I am wanting to reply with a lengthier text. This needs to be an option available wherever the keyboard pops up IMO.
    11-03-2012 02:57 PM
  5. firstness's Avatar
    It's really puzzling that they didn't bring this feature up to par with iOS/Android. Microsoft has had a top notch speech research program since the mid 90s. Seems like they really dropped the ball in integrating this technology into WP8 where, arguably, it would have the most impact out of any MS voice implementation.
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    11-03-2012 03:12 PM