Right now, Iâ€™m using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 with Windows 8.1 Pro.
But, in a few months, on July 29, 2015 to be exact, my computer will apparently auto magically download and upgrade to the newest version of Windows.
And, I like that itâ€™s free.
I wasnâ€™t expecting to upgrade to Windows 10. There was a little innocent button at the bottom of my screen inviting me to get Windows 10. A few clicks later, and Iâ€™m on the waiting list.
And then I had to figure out what was new about Windows 10.
I watched their lovely promo video, but nothing really jumps out at me. Apparently I can do familiar things, unexpected things, and even great things. Weâ€™ll see.
Windows 10 will have voice recognition.
Iâ€™m a little bit interested because it looks like you can dictate text using speech recognition in Windows 10. Iâ€™m not sure how accurate it will be compared to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 â€“ weâ€™ll have to wait to find out.
I watched a quick preview of Cortana, Microsoftâ€™s voice assistant. (It kind of looks like Siri, on a Windows PC.) It was an early build at Microsoftâ€™s preview event, so Iâ€™m sure it will improve.
The reporter was in a crowded room speaking to a laptop microphone which didnâ€™t understand all of his instructions. (Iâ€™ve seen Dragon NaturallySpeaking work in a demonstration in a loud crowded exhibit hall with impressive accuracy. Mind you, the demonstrator was talking into a USB microphone headset and not the laptop microphone like in the Windows demo.)
Personally, I donâ€™t use voice recognition to control my laptop. (If you have a physical disability, or carpal tunnel syndrome, then using voice recognition to control your computer might be essential.)
I dictate into Microsoft Word and I use my mouse to click on things, but I could see how voice-recognition could speed up the process. After all, we speak into Siri and our phones with simple commands. Maybe thatâ€™s the next step for PCs and desktop computers.
How will Windows 10 voice recognition compare against Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13?
Time will tell.