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Windows Vista® Inside Out Deluxe Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Getting Started with Windows Speech Recognition

Of all the new features in Windows Vista, Windows Speech Recognition is probably the closest to fulfilling the vision of computing first defined in countless sci-fi movies and TV shows. The crew of the starship Enterprise thought nothing of talking to the computer that ran the ship and its systems. You won’t be able to blast Klingon warships into space dust with voice commands, but if you set slightly more realistic expectations, we predict you’ll be extremely impressed with Windows Speech Recognition.

Before you can get started, you’ll need to have the right gear. The most important piece of equipment, naturally, is a high-quality microphone. Microsoft recommends a USB headset model for best performance. ...

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