Last week I began playing around with the built-in voice recognition capabilities of Windows Vista. It didn’t cost me anything extra, so I didn’t hold out much hope that it would be any good. I was pleasantly surprised. Training took only a few minutes, and the software’s accuracy was higher than anything I tried before.
He does note that “The downside of using Vista’s built-in voice recognition capabilities is that it favors the use of Microsoft’s software. Outside of Microsoft software, the voice recognition features tend to be a little unreliable.”
If you have Vista, give it a try. Perhaps you’ll be pleasantly surprised as well.