Speech and handwriting recognition is a new feature of Office XP, shared among all Office applications as well as Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Using speech recognition, you can dictate the content of PowerPoint slides or use voice commands to perform basic tasks such as formatting text. Speech recognition requires the use of a speech recognition engine; Microsoft currently offers three engines—in U.S. English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
If you're a native speaker of English from a country other than the United States (such as the U.K. or Australia), the speech recognition engine may not work as well for you because it's trained to recognize American accents.
Using handwriting ...