Right now, I’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 it’s free.
I wasn’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 I’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. We’ll see.
Windows 10 will have voice recognition.
I’m a little bit interested because it looks like you can dictate text using speech recognition in Windows 10. I’m not sure how accurate it will be compared to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 – we’ll have to wait to find out.
I watched a quick preview of Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. (It kind of looks like Siri, on a Windows PC.) It was an early build at Microsoft’s preview event, so I’m sure it will improve.
The reporter was in a crowded room speaking to a laptop microphone which didn’t understand all of his instructions. (I’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 don’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 that’s the next step for PCs and desktop computers.
How will Windows 10 voice recognition compare against Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13?
Time will tell.