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Controllling Your PDA With Your Voice

Boot Camp feature for Monday, November 10, 2003

Controlling your PDA with your voice. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. A lot of people these days are relying on hand held computers to keep track of appointments, names and phone numbers. Buyers of devices that run the 2003 edition of Microsoft's Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone Edition operating systems... have a new option. Digging out information simply by asking for it... by voice. Kelly Kimura is product manager for Microsoft Voice Command...

"You can use your voice to place calls and pull up contact information. You can look up your calendar and get voice reminders about your appointments. You can play your music the way you think about it... so by artist, album or genre. And you can also launch applications."

Unlike voice dialing functions you'll find in some cell phones... the software does not require training. And it instantly recognizes the names of applications added to the device. The 40 dollar add on makes Pocket PC devices... especially phones... a lot more useful, for instance, when driving...

"So say I'd like to place a call if I'm driving or carrying packages, I can say... call Sharon Krisetto at work. Sharon Krisetto at work. Correct? Yes."

And the ability to ask for songs or artists by name in the media player is handy too. What the software doesn't let you do is enter data like appointments or contacts by voice. Maybe one of these days. The software will be available for cell phones running Microsoft's SmartPhone software next year. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.