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Microsoft Brings Talk-to-Text App to BlackBerry

Reliable, accurate speech-recognition technology has been a longstanding goal of the IT industry. Partnering with technology provider Yap, Microsoft's now taking a stab at it with a new mobile app for Sprint BlackBerrys.

Enterprise Mobile Today has the story on Microsoft's Talk-to-Text app, which enables users to dictate text message and e-mails into their BlackBerrys.


BlackBerry users on Sprint now have a new speech-to-text mobile application that enables them to dictate e-mails and text messages without taking their hands off the wheel.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) built the Talk-to-Text application for Sprint (NYSE: S) BlackBerrys using technology from a small startup named Yap, which announced the new service Monday at CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas.

"We are pleased to work with Yap to provide a useful and engaging mobile service to consumers," Vic Bondi, senior director for sales and channels engineering at MSN, said in a statement.

According to Yap, the speech-to-text technology provides a fully-automated speech recognition that can be integrated quickly into custom applications using simple XML Web services. Yap's technology was incorporated into Talk-to-Text using only "a few lines of code," Yap said.

Read the full story at Enterprise Mobile Today:
Microsoft's Yap Speech Recognition BlackBerry App