Microsoft Launches Searchable Voice Notes
Microsoft is demonstrating a new voice search tool called Microsoft Recite. Recite is an alternate version of a voice notes application that allows you to record voice notes, and then search through them by keyword. For example, using Recite, you can record a note saying, "Meet with John on Tuesday for lunch." Later, you can find that message by searching for a keyword like "John." Recite can search through multiple messages and you can use more than one keyword to help refine your search. It will automatically playback the first match, and sort the rest of the search matches according to their ranking. Consumers can download the software for free form Microsoft to phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and higher.
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