Speech Recognition in Windows Vista and Office 2007

May 9th, 2007

There’s a bit of confusion as to what has happened to the speech recognition element of Microsoft Office 2007.

Speech recognition was first introduced by Microsoft as a feature of Office XP in 2001. An improved version was then included with Microsoft Office 2003. It has been removed from the latest release, Office 2007, and is now part of Windows Vista.

Speech recognition has been ‘promoted’ to become part of Windows Vista – Microsoft’s latest operating system. This means that the feature can be used across all compatible Windows applications and makes it a real competitor for Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

If you are using Windows XP and you upgrade to Office 2007 you will lose the speech recognition feature. If you are determined to use Office 2007 then you must have a computer running Windows Vista to carry on using speech recognition. Unless, of course, you install a third-party solution such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking or IBM ViaVoice.

Further information on using speech recognition in Windows Vista will shortly appear on this blog.

Speech Recognition is often incorrectly known as Voice Recognition.

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  • 1. simon till  |  October 23rd, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    I was wondering how to switch from one language to another in windows vista speech recognition tool. My computer is French, it recognises speech in French pretty well, but I would like it to do the same job in English. Are there any plugins to download?

  • 2. Aaron  |  November 30th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    You can also install the Speech Recognition from The Office 2003 CD’s if you still have it. It will work with Office 2007 and XP just fine. Just do a customer install from the Office 2003 CD, uncheck all of the Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) and only install the tools. You may even be able to trim the tools list down to just speech recognition, but I can’t remember for sure.

  • 3. Awais Mushtaq  |  March 14th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Well, the information presented herein is sufficient but it doesn’t solve some basic problems such as what one should do if one wishes to get advantage in Office 2007 despite the fact that the company has removed it.
    Take Care.

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