Speech recognition is still in its infancy, and Office's implementation only underscores that fact. Speech recognition can be a godsend to those who are physically challenged; however, text input using dictation rates as little more than a novelty to serious Office users. Voice Command mode doesn't fare much better.
Before you even attempt speech recognition, make sure you have the following:
A PC running at 300MHz or faster (Microsoft's recommendation). In tests run for this book, corn grew faster than dictation on a 500MHz machine.
At least 96MB of memory.
A high-quality microphone that comfortably sits within an inch of your mouth.
Start using speech recognition by choosing Tools, Speech. You will go through ...