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Windows Mobile 6.5 Gets Voice-Activated Service!
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Windows Mobile 6.5Now the convenience of voice is coming to Windows phones, bringing people closer to the things they want by providing easier access to more of the phone’s functionality.

Thursday, April 30, 2009:  Tellme Networks Inc., a Microsoft subsidiary, has announced a mobile voice service that combines content and communications, simplifying how people interact with their phones every day. Unlike other voice-based services, Tellme allows people to press one button, say what they want and get it, whether that is to send a text, make a call or search for information. Tellme has designed a version of this experience specifically for Windows phones due out this fall.

The new service puts many of the most popular phone functions behind a single button. Windows phone users just press the side button of their phone to do the following: send a text by saying “text” to open a text box, then speak the text message and say “send” to send it to anyone in their contact list; initiate a call simply by saying “call” and then the name of anyone in their contact list; and search the Web with Microsoft Live Search by speaking your request, such as “weather in San Francisco, California,” “pizza in Kansas City,” “movies” or “Mother’s Day gift ideas”

“Because it’s so intuitive, we believe there is a real opportunity for voice to materialise as the leading user interface for the phone,” said Dariusz Packzuski, senior director, consumer services,t Tellme. “By bringing voice access to calling, texting and searching, together we reduce ‘menu surfing’ on phones and make the benefits of voice more tangible for everyday needs.”

In a head-to-head comparison, it is clear why people prefer voice over touch. For example, it requires four touches and more than 20 keystrokes to find a business with the Apple iPhone, while it only takes one button push and one verbal command to find the same business with Tellme, the company explains. Tellme’s research shows similar results for other tasks, such as making calls, sending text messages and conducting searches for content such as traffic, movies, news and sports.

“For example, Sprint has integrated voice access to the Live Search application on Sprint Instinct phones and subscribers love it,” Packzuski said. “In fact, we’ve seen impressive adoption of voice with three in every four search queries being initiated by voice.”

With Tellme, people using the latest Windows phones will be able to simply say what they want, such as “call Mom” or “text Jim” or “pizza,” and results display on the screen.

Tellme will be available for free on Windows Mobile 6.5 phones in fall 2009 when the phones hit store shelves. Initially available in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile store, the service will also be available for free to mobile operators and carriers to embed “on-device” for a voice experience right out of the box.

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