Windows' speech recognition lacks the bells and whistles available with Dragon, such as the playback facility, the text-to-speech facility and the file transcription facility. The text editing process is clumsier, in that anytime you select and then dictate over existing text, the software reacts as if you had launched the correction process, whereas Dragon will just write over it.
On the other hand, the Windows application makes fewer system demands and there is no slowdown when switching between documents.
Speech recognition also became standard feature this year on Apple computers with the introduction of the Dictation app in OS X Mountain Lion. And both iOS and Android offer voice dictation features on their mobile devices.
Lamont Wood is a freelance writer and long-time speech recognition user who lives in San Antonio.
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