Windows 7 does speech recognition out of the box

I’m sure I heard this at one point in the past but Windows 7 (and Vista) support speech recognition without any add-ons. Go to Control Panel and start it from “Start Speech Recognition”. You may need to wake it up by saying “Start Listening” (capitalization optional). I haven’t tried it (at the moment I’m on a Linux machine) but I intend to as soon as I get the chance and if I find anything startling or worth mentioning I’ll post it.

Thanks to Win7News for the reminder, specifically “Talking to My Computer: Speech Recognition in Windows 7“. A list of commands is available from Microsoft here.

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