Meet Microsoft Anna

February 12th, 2007

Microsoft Anna is the new SAPI voice included with Windows Vista.

Anna replaces the robotic Microsoft Sam with a smoother, more realistic voice. She is included free with Windows Vista and should work in any program that uses the SAPI speech including Clicker 4 or 5, Writing With Symbols and the free text-to-speech programs such as Narrator, ReadPlease and Free NaturalReader.

Unfortunately Microsoft has no plans to make Anna available to users of Windows XP or any operating system other than vista.

You can listen to my sample of Microsoft Anna and visit the Text-To-Speech Section of the BLTT website.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Andrew Burt, Crick Software  |  March 19th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    The Anna voice will work with Clicker 5 from version 5.20 onwards. Unfortunately it will not work with Clicker 4.

    The reason for this is that Anna is compatible with SAPI 5 only.

    With Clicker 5 we support both SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 to allow people to use as many different speech engines as possible.

  • 2. charlie  |  March 19th, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the clarification Andrew.

  • 3. B L  |  April 30th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    How do you get to Microsoft Anna? I can’t find it.

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