Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Dec 2013 22:57 UTC

Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, with plans to fully detail its features at BUILD 2014 in April. A highly requested notification center feature will be added to the software, and we're told it's enabled by swiping down from the top of the screen in a similar way to iOS and Android.

Pretty sure this update will turn it all around.

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RE[3]: Voice interfaces
by MOS6510 on Wed 18th Dec 2013 12:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Voice interfaces"
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I guess it's very hard to do, because I doubt the software can pick up every letter. Human brains can fill in the blanks and correct mistakes. It also understands context.

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RE[4]: Voice interfaces
by lucas_maximus on Wed 18th Dec 2013 19:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Voice interfaces"
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I think with the accents thing, is that they don't want to invest the money for a Scottish version of Siri since it is only a small number of their global customer base that would have this problem.

I am sure if you trained (I have no idea how the voice matching algorithm works, so please correct me if I am completely clueless) the algorithm with my voice and then it tried with an American accent it would just have as many troubles.

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RE[5]: Voice interfaces
by MOS6510 on Wed 18th Dec 2013 19:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Voice interfaces"
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Siri is very good at understanding words it knows, like commands and common parameters like numbers and days, but is has trouble with the rest. Ask for Michael Jordan, no problem, but say Lucas Maximus and well, I'll just try it. Oh, it did get it right at once.

Well, I guess you are a bad example. :-p

It has problems with less popular words.

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