IT Talk – The Latest Voice Recognition Software

Enter the Dragon

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9 voice recognition software gives users the power to create documents, emails, and reports in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel, Word Perfect and virtually all Windows-based applications. Nuance, the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers, claims an impressive accuracy of 99% with a proven rate of 120 wpm. The more it is used, the smarter the program gets.

A free noise-canceling microphone is included in the software ($199.99 physical shipment, $149.99 to upgrade) as well as a full set of onscreen tutorials. With the voice commands, you can surf the web, open and close applications, and control your mouse and desktop. Internet Explorer 5 or higher is needed and speakers are required to playback recorded speech.

In addition, approved Bluetooth wireless microphones can now use Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and when synched with your PC, certified handheld devices can automatically transcribe your dictation.

Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird applications are also supported with this version, however execution can be a hit and miss. The ease of use and convenience (no training needed!) makes it the hands free experience worth a try.


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.


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