Microsoft is soliciting beta testers for an application called Voice Command, which will allow a Pocket PC or Smartphone user to control their device with just their voice.
According to an email sent to potential beta testers, “Voice Command works with your PDA or phone so you can use your voice to control your device and receive information in a way that is easier, more convenient, and safer while you are on the go such as in the car or walking down the street carrying packages or even while sitting on a park bench.”
This isn’t the first time we’re heard that Microsoft wants to add this feature to the platform. At Microsoft’s Mobility Developer Conference in March, developers were told that voice control for the Pocket PC was ready but the corresponding APIs would need to change when the next major version of Pocket PC comes out. Developers agreed with Microsoft that delaying this feature, rather than adding it to Windows Mobile 2003, was the proper course to take.
It is not known at this time exactly when Voice Command will be available, but it appears Microsoft has changed its mind about waiting until the next version of the operating system. A document leaked to PocketPCTools.com describing the upcoming Toshiba e805 shows that this handheld will come with Voice Command installed.
Those who are interested in signing up for the beta should go to BetaPlace, sign in with a .NET Passport, then use the guest ID VoiceCommandReq.