Windows 8 Missed Opportunity to Compete with Siri

Mark Sullivan of PC World recently posed the question, why doesn't Microsoft have an answer to Siri built into Windows 8? He writes, "Windows 8 is supposed to be Microsoft's majestic OS reseta dramatic overhaul designed to usher the Windows platform into the age of mobility. And Windows 8 is also Microsoft's bid to achieve feature parity with iOS and Android, the other two OS powerhouses in the mobile universe. But one key feature--one hot, relevant, rock-star-caliber feature--is conspicuously absent from the Windows 8 repertoire: Intelligent, semantically aware voice control is nowhere to be found in the new OS."

He goes on, "iPads and iPhones have a voice dictation button built right into their virtual keyboards. And Google integrated its own set of deep voice control features into the Jelly Bean version of Android that was released earlier this year. So how come voice control isn't a forward-facing, marquee feature of Windows 8? The short answer is that voice-control technology hasn't made it to laptops or desktops in a meaningful way for either PCs or Macs, and Windows 8, at least for the short run, is much more of a computer OS than a tablet OS. In Windows 8 (as in Windows 7 and Vista), speech recognition remains relegated to the role of an assistive technology designed to help disabled customers use their PCs."

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