Microsoft has just announced it is acquire Tellme Networks, a leading provider of voice services.
Using Tellme’s currently available mobile search services at 1-800-555-TELL, people can find local businesses, driving directions, sports scores, stock quotes, weather, news, movie show times, and more.
"Speech is universal, simple and holds incredible promise as a key interface for computing," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "Tellme brings to Microsoft the talent, technology and proven experience in speech that will enable us to deliver a new wave of products and revolutionize human-computer interaction."
Microsoft has big plans for the technology and expertise it is acquiring with Tellme.
Potential areas of development resulting from the deal will range from search services on mobile phones that integrate with Live Search to voice user interfaces in existing Microsoft products.
In addition, developers will be able to build new speech-based solutions on top of a scalable, standards-based voice-enabled applications platform.
"We’ve made great strides in speech technologies, but have only scratched the surface of what is possible," said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division. "The acquisition of Tellme will bolster Microsoft’s existing speech capabilities, bringing both immediate and longer-term value to our customers and partners."
Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. The deal is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2007.