For those of you who own a Windows Phone device in the United States, you most likely have used the voice recognition feature for searching the internet or narrating a text message. Have you noticed a speed increase over the past few weeks? That’s because Microsoft rolled out an update to improve the speed and accuracy of the voice to text and voice search feature.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve been rolling out updates to Windows Phone customers, to improve the speed and accuracy of voice to text and voice search. Now when you compose a text message or search using your voice, Bing will return results twice as fast as before and increase accuracy by 15 percent,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
This update to Windows Phone does not require a download on your end. In fact, the improvement is made on Microsoft’s end. Microsoft has been using some advanced technology to get the Bing voice capabilities to be close to the way humans recognize speech. “We also made a few improvements under the hood that allowed Bing to more easily identify speech patterns and cut through ambient and background noise – cutting down response time by half and improving the word error rate by 15 percent, even in noisy situations,” Microsoft adds.
Microsoft states that there will be more updates to the Bing voice recognition engine, so stay tuned. In the meantime, try out the voice to text or voice search feature on your Windows Phone!