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Zig Serafin, the General Manager of the “Speech at Microsoft” group, outlined for SpeechTEK attendees Microsoft’s evolution in speech, a technology area that has been part of the natural user interface (NUI) focus for the Softies since 1993.
In 1999, Microsoft made its first speech-specific acquisition, the speech-toolkit vendor Entropic. In 2007, Microsoft spent $1 billion to buy speech-recognition vendor TellMe. But it wasn’t until a little over a year ago that Microsoft consolidated its various speech-focused products and technologies into the Speech at Microsoft team, whose charter is “bringing speech to everyday life,” Serafin said.