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    What Would Have Made W8 Irresistible to Me

    I probably have no business talking here, but I really wanted to share this with you. Rather than touchscreen functionality, how about voice activated? As a desktop user mouse potato, I'd jump on that in a heartbeat!

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    Unfortunately Win 8 Voice Recognition is still very basic. You might have to use 3rd party apps for this. A Google search shows some alternatives and articles on this subject.
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    Well I'll be a monkey's uncle! How about that? Thanks, Ted! Gerard be getting some ideas. I spied a uTube video where a fella called up IE. So cool.

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    No need to demonstrate your family tree Gerard! LOL I hope some of the sites shown will help.
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    My gratitude to you guys. And options to boot. I do like the sound of that Dragon.

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    Voice recognition ends up teaching you how to speak to be properly understood. The Dragon software can adapt to some variance if you correct a word you say a certain way all the time, but accuracy mostly depends on how well you enunciate all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.U.N. downtown View Post
    Voice recognition ends up teaching you how to speak to be properly understood. The Dragon software can adapt to some variance if you correct a word you say a certain way all the time, but accuracy mostly depends on how well you enunciate all the time.
    Thanks for the added info F.U.N. downtown. My annunciation is pretty good. My keyboard skills are pathetically slow. This almost sounds like quite the valuable software arsenal from which I could really benefit. It really has me thinking long and hard. I noticed from the reviews that folks either luv-luv-luv it or detest it... no middle ground here.

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    Many British television channels now use computerised voice recognition for the equivalent of closed caption subtitles for live programmes. I realise that it often has to cope with poor enunciation and sound quality but even for studio-based newsreaders the error rate is extremely high, mainly due to so many words in English sounding similar to others. I fear that you might find proof-reading and correcting the results of voice recognition more laborious than typing.

    BTW sometimes the mistakes can be amusing or puzzling, for example "Manchester United won, Chelsea too" (Man U 1, Chelsea 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by John259 View Post
    Many British television channels now use computerised voice recognition for the equivalent of closed caption subtitles for live programmes. I realise that it often has to cope with poor enunciation and sound quality but even for studio-based newsreaders the error rate is extremely high, mainly due to so many words in English sounding similar to others. I fear that you might find proof-reading and correcting the results of voice recognition more laborious than typing.

    BTW sometimes the mistakes can be amusing or puzzling, for example "Manchester United won, Chelsea too" (Man U 1, Chelsea 2).
    Thank you, John. That's funny about the mistakes. After some long and hard thought, I have concluded it's probably prudent not to pursue this route for the time being. Sigh..., oh, what a tease! Well, at this point, I have more things to do than I can "shake a stick at" anyways, higher priorities, productivity in other ways.

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    No need to jump on Windows 8 for that! Windows 7 also has it - look in Control Panel under Speech Recognition. Then run through the tutorial.

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    Thanks, BigMac. Will do for sure. Sounds like a perfect place to begin.

    You know, I have seen countless W8 related commercials on TV, and all the marketing seems to be focused on laptops and the like. That just makes me sigh as a strictly desktop user.

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    Ah, me too, but that's where the new interface makes the most sense without third party customization of the OS to alter the presentation and access priorities. Even Clint who is doing without such amenities might have to acknowledge the ironic nature of being greatly assisted with a touch-oriented interfaced by greater knowledge of keyboard shortcuts.

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    Well, we had to know it was coming - the original "Tablets" have been out for over 5 years now with pens, etc. Touch screen monitors for desktops have been made somewhat popular with HP for 2-3 years, we knew it couldn't be long before MS went from a few add-on controls to embedding them into the OS.

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    Interesting what you mention F.U.N. downtown, because keyboard shortcuts are the thing I have been determined to learn and nail down this time around anyway. You sure offer cause for thought. I think perhaps you'd be amused or pshaw how I am set up. I use a big screen TV as my monitor and kick back in my recliner when I am doing whatever-- yeah, a real mouse potato. I really enjoy it as I am snug as a bug in a rug and I can read the text and everything without straining my eyes.

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