Microsoft Works Voice Controls into Windows Mobile 6.5
Today Microsoft announced new technology that it is going to make available to Windows Mobile 6.5 devices later this year. Using software from its TellMe subsidiary, Windows Mobile 6.5 users will be able to open a new text message, dictate the message, and send the message all via voice commands. The same applies to calling contacts as well as using Microsoft's Live Search to perform web searches. Microsoft says that this service is the first to combine both voice commands and the ability to add content to text fields at the press of a single button. The software will be free when it becomes available later this year.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
Skype Adds Cortana to Windows Phone App
Skype today updated its mobile application for the Windows Phone platform and added support for Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant. Windows Phone 8.1 users can now use voice commands to launch Skype conversations.
Microsoft Twists Torque from Android Wear to Android Phones
Microsoft recently updated its Torque application for Android Wear and carried it over from smartwatches to smartphones. With Torque, Android Wear and Android smartphone owners can shake or twist their device to launch Bing Voice Search.
Microsoft Bringing Maps to Windows 10 Phones, Too
Microsoft today said the Universal Maps app for the Windows 10 platform is now available to phones running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Device owners can download the Universal app via the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572
Microsoft today made a new technical preview of Windows 10 Mobile available to fast ring members of the Windows Insider program. As with the previous build, interested testers will need to downgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 before installing build 10572.