On August 3rd, Microsoft gave a keynote speech at SpeechTek 2010, talking about the new capabilities of Windows Phone 7 for speech recognition. With the new operating system, users will be able to enter text by talking to their phone for search, navigation and dialing. Microsoft claims this will be a seamless integrations, and will be as simple as asking your phone a question, or giving it a command.
This technology is was created by Tellme, a company that Microsoft purchased for $800M in 2007. The service is cloud-based, and continually improves its recognition based on “the billions of speech interactions running on the Microsoft Tellme speech cloud.”
Microsoft promises to continue work on speech input for the new OS, considering it a major tool for WP7.