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UTILITY: Microsoft released Voice Command 1.6 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 16.11.06 - 12:30:10 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 21778x
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Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of its Voice Command for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone. Voice Command transforms your Pocket PC or Smartphone into your own virtual personal assistant, letting you use your voice to look up contacts, make phone calls, get calendar information, play and control your music, as well as start programs. Voice Command makes it easier and more convenient than ever to take your digital lifestyle with you wherever you go.
Because Voice Command has state-of-the-art speech technology, you will never have to prerecord important phone numbers or use difficult commands to access the information that you need. Simply select one of the many commands that is most natural to you and let Voice Command do the rest. You can even ask, "What can I say?" at any time to help find an appropriate command. After you successfully install Voice Command on your Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 powered device, register your product so that you can get the most from the Voice Command program, future releases, and exciting offers for upgrades and accessories.

Voice Command Benefits

  • Speaker independent: no voice training required.
  • New! Bluetooth hands free control: Bluetooth hands free control enhances your hands free eyes free experience and adds privacy to your spoken notifications. Now you can initiate a Voice Command interaction using a Bluetooth headset and some Hands free car kits. You can also receive spoken notifications in a whisper mode through the Bluetooth headset keeping you privately up to date.
  • New! Spoken E-Mail notifications: You can now configure Voice Command to speak the subject and sender of incoming E-Mail messages and the content of SMS messages as they arrive.
  • Spoken Caller ID: Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone users can take full advantage of incoming caller ID without ever looking down at the screen. Incoming call information is announced as calls are received. Users who think they may have missed a call can simply ask, "What calls did I miss?" and Voice Command will recite the time and phone number of missed calls
    Voice-controlled utilities: Users can start any program in the Start menu or programs folder, such as Inbox, Calculator or Solitaire. They can get signal strength, battery level, time and date by voice. Voice Command will even alert users when the battery is getting low to ensure strong battery life on the go.
  • Voice-controlled hands-free phone: Whether in the car, at the airport or walking down the street, people will enjoy true hands-free eyes-free phone conversations without ever having to look at the device to manually dial a number. You can simply say any name from your contact list with the appropriate command. Voice Command will even announce incoming calls
    Voice-controlled media player: Voice Command turns your Windows Mobile 5.0 device into a super cool personal DJ that lets you play your favorite music by artist, album or genre using voice instead of having to search through a long list.
  • Voice-controlled calendar lookup: Regardless of your location, you can simply ask your device about the next appointment or for your calendar for the day, and the time, subject and location of each entry will be read aloud or privately through the Bluetooth headset.
  • Voice-Controlled Media Player: Use your voice to select the music you want from your collection by album, artist, or genre. Choose to control your music with your voice or use the large button interface just like radio buttons on your car stereo. If you are listening to new or unfamiliar music you can ask "What song is this?" and the name of the song and artist will be read to you.
  • Voice-Controlled Utilities: Start any program in the Start menu or programs folder, such as Inbox, Calculator or Solitaire
    Check signal strength, battery level, time and day by voice.

At the moment, Microsoft Voice Command 1.6 is available in US English only and costs US$ 39.99. Further localized versions should be available soon.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Rich on 16.11.06 - 15:06:40

Unless I can't read, even though I've already purchased VoiceCommand it will cost me another $39.99 to download this new version from Brighthand.  Anyone know of other sources?

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.11.06 - 18:17:26

Indeed it looks like there is no free Pocket PC update available, even if it is just a "1.x" update vs. an update to a "2.x" version. That's too bad! Will ask my contacts at Microsoft if this is right.

Posted by Mr. Miagi on 17.11.06 - 00:06:45

I bought Pocket PC version 1.5 from Handango.  They're offering an upgrade to version 1.6 for $9.99.

Product Name             Special Upgrade Price             Buy It
Microsoft Voice Command (Upgrade Only)- US Version           $9.99

Posted by Alan on 17.11.06 - 16:43:08

The upgrade for $10 is only for purchasing the PPC version of 1.6 - Even though there is an upgrade qualification link for the SP version, there is nothing that could qualify you for the upgrade - so it's $40...

However, beware of this version (SP) - There has been a lot of talk that the Bluetooth compatibility still isn't what it should be, and at least one device (Blackjack, AKA Samsung SGH-i607) is a disaster.

Posted by Trouble on 18.11.06 - 00:51:35

I have purchased both the upgrade to upgrade version 1.5 and the full version in hopes that it would install better than the upgrade. Neither works. Even the full version tries to uninstall version 1.5 with file names that don't exist in the 1.5 folder. Neither the upgrade nor the full version will install on my Treo700w. If anyone has any luck, let me know how you got through the installation. Microsoft offered to show me how to install it for $35. Must be nice to write software that doesn't install then charge to fix your own software.

Posted by B Williams on 20.11.06 - 03:09:21

Because I'm sneaky and I live dangerously, I suggest you download 1.5 illegally but for free on BitTorrent, and purchase the upgrade, or vice versa.  Pay Microsoft what they deserve for this product.  I suppose that would be dishonest in a Robin Hood sort of way.

Posted by Mr. Miagi on 20.11.06 - 19:59:52

In order to qualify for the Voice Command 1.6 upgrade for $9.99 from Handango, you would have to had previously purchased version 1.5 from their site.  During the 1.6 purchase, you submit the email address you used for the 1.5 purchase, it then allows you to purchase the upgrade for $9.99.

FYI, I have the T-Mobile MDA, I have not been able to successfully initiate the Voice Command 1.6 by pressing the "Call Control" button on my Plantronics Voyager 510 bluetooth headset.  I still have to press the reassigned button on the MDA itself to trigger the Voice Command, therefore I don't really see the benefit of version 1.6 vs. 1.5.  Guess I should've tried the trial version of 1.6 instead of just purchasing it.  Wonder if I can get a refund?  Yeah right...

Posted by Alan on 23.11.06 - 00:17:35

To update my comment from above...  VoiceCommand 1.6 is now working fine on the BlackJack, although still no functional bluetooth support.  (The problem I experienced earlier with the program not working at all was the result of a lousy installation - if it happens to you, just uninstall and reinstall...)

Posted by Fred Squires on 29.11.06 - 05:45:11

Mr. Miagi wrote:

In order to qualify for the Voice Command 1.6 upgrade for $9.99 from Handango, you would have to had previously purchased version 1.5 from their site.  During the 1.6 purchase, you submit the email address you used for the 1.5 purchase, it then allows you to purchase the upgrade for $9.99.

FYI, I have the T-Mobile MDA, I have not been able to successfully initiate the Voice Command 1.6 by pressing the "Call Control" button on my Plantronics Voyager 510 bluetooth headset.  I still have to press the reassigned button on the MDA itself to trigger the Voice Command, therefore I don't really see the benefit of version 1.6 vs. 1.5.  Guess I should've tried the trial version of 1.6 instead of just purchasing it.  Wonder if I can get a

refund?  Yeah right...

Hi there, I also have a T-Mobile Vario. I purchased the Plantronics 640 about 9 months ago. It works with Microdoft Voice Command 1.5 . The only problem is you have to push the ear set button twice. Then again once after you finish the call. I think it takes three button pushes in all. Let me know if it works with your present plantronics set.   Fred

Posted by ebadger on 03.12.06 - 06:32:08

A soft reset is required after installation.
VC must be installed to "main memory" and not the SD card or the BT functionality will not work.

BT funcitonality does not work on the Blackjack or the HTC Hermes device

Posted by Mike on 06.12.06 - 17:03:03

Anyone know of a product with similar features that works on a Palm OS?

Posted by Heinz Burkart on 07.12.06 - 13:18:29

Mike wrote:

Anyone know of a product with similar features that works on a Palm OS?

Hi Mike.

Good question - wrong forum ;-)

But no worries, I am an old Palm fan (don't tell Arne please) so I know a solution.

You can find a similar program here:
VoiceLauncher
VoiceCommander
http://pocketpccentral.net/palm/software/voice.htm

Hope this helps
Heinz

Posted by Arne Hess on 08.12.06 - 23:36:44

What you was using Palm before? ;-)
And even worser, you are still a fan? ;-)

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