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Microsoft To Add Voice Recognition To Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is planning to use cloud-based speech recognition technology in order to overtake rival companies in the smartphone market, tech news site Computer World reported on Wednesday.

The Redmond-based software giant is expected to bank upon its Tellme cloud-based voice recognition and natural language processing service to improve the user-interface capabilities of its forthcoming Windows Phone 7. Microsoft had previously acquired Tellme Networks in 2007.

"When you move to a device that doesn't have a large keyboard, voice is such a compelling complement to that experience. We believe speech is not a separate application. Rather it is an integral part of the user experience," said Zig Serafin, general manager of United Microsoft communications while addressing the SpeechTEK 2010 conference in New York.

by introducing voice recognition technology, Microsoft is attempting to offer technology not used by rivals and current global smartphone market leaders Apple and Google to recapture some of its lost market share.