Vista Voice Recognition Reviewed

Steve Pavlina has written a review of the voice recognition features of Microsoft Vista. In his review, Steve says:

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.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.


  1. I tried Vista voice rec for a while for command and control because my hands are in such bad shape. I wanted to reduce my mouse usage because that gave me the most problems. I used it for mouse clicks by saying “left click” and “right click” etc… These mouse clicks are not available in Vista command and control, I had to program it into Vista (I am a programmer by profession). While it is better than Dragon Naturaly speaking for command control, voice rec grows tire some constantly saying left click etc, and you have to have a headset on all day and take it off when you are on the phone. The best solution I found for eliminating using the mouse is Natural Points infrared cam. You basically put a reflector dot on your forhead and the mouse moves with your head. Works extremely well. I also have foot pedals for mouse clicks. This combination has saved my hands.

  2. > These mouse clicks are not available in Vista command and control, I had to program it into Vista

    Can you explain how you did this please?

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