Unless you’ve been hiding under a huge stack of free Ubuntu CDs, you would have known that last week MSNBC reported an ‘one-hit-wonder’ story about the failure of Windows Vista’s speech recognition technology. MSNBC called the demo an embarrassment, when technical glitches created many recognition anomalies resulting in several amusing representations of spoken words. Many mindless Microsoft bashers quickly erupted over this story, creating much harsh slander in and around the blogging networks.
But what MSNBC didn’t tell you is that the clip they showed was nitpicked from a largely successful demo. And here is the full video of the speech recognition demo.
As you can see, not only was the presenter able to complete much more complicated tasks in the beginning without any problems, but the technical glitches were quickly resolved and he was able to dictate the letter as planned.
Shame on MSNBC.