So today after using Windows Vista for six months, I decided to try and play around with the vista speech recognition system.

and although it has come a long way since I First Started using it 10 years ago, it is unfortunately still a long way from being a practical tool for most of us on a daily basis.

For example, the list of applications that it works with does not include many of the applications that I live in everyday, including WordPress, Thunderbird, Skype and Firefox. In fact, in order to write this post, I had to open up Wordpad. I will cut and paste the text later.

That said, speech recognition has certainly come a long way. I do like the way Microsoft has integrated the speech commands into the operating system. They seem to have put a lot of thought into the various ways we will want to use voice in the future to interface with our computers. And while it is true, yes, that I can probably type a lot faster than I am able to currently use speech recognition, I am going to try to integrate it into more of my daily routine, if for no other reason, then to avoid getting RSI.