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Checking out Vista speech and... What the?#

Last night I decided to set up speech recognition on my Motion Computing LS800.  The thing with speech recognition is that you should set it up in the same environment that you are planning to use it.  So I settled into a chair in the study and configured the microphone.

Vista asked me if I wanted to run through the speech recognition tutorial.  I have run through this tutorial on another machine before but I know that as you talk your way through the tutorial you are actually completing the first training session.  For this reason I decided to run through the tutorial anyway.

What the?

Microsoft – What were you thinking?!?!

Don’t you think that perhaps small screen devices are exactly the kind of device that would benefit from natural language input like speech?

As I said I have run through this wizard before.  I’ve seen the interface and there is a stack of white space in it.  But don’t take m word for it – I dropped the resolution down to 1024x768 on my Toshiba M400 and kicked off the tutorial.  It runs in a full screen window that you can’t resize.  Here it is.

Now I don’t know about you but I think that this interface has a bit of potential to be trimmed down to fit into a lower resolution screen.  This smacks of form taking priority over function.  Come on guys – get your priorities straight.  I’m logging this as a bug!

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