Put the development of "TellMe" at a priority position to compete with Apple's "Siri"
"TellMe" is a vision of Microsoft which should be made into a product for Windows Phone to compete with Apple's "Siri".
TellMe not compete with Siri becouse are two different thing.
TellMe is a Speech Engine that can be used by every app to send voice commands to the app and "inside" the app.
It has a full set of API to provide voice commands, speech recognition and text-to-speech or speech-to-text to the third party devs.
Siri is an app that use a Speech Engine (provided by Nuance).
So an app like Siri can be developed using TellMe, and there are already a couple of announcements of digital assistant for WP.
The goal of Tellme is not to compete with Siri, but give developers the ability to integrate easly voice capabilities in their apps, or to create app like Siri
Microsoft better step it up, or third party options are going to take this away from them - Artificial Solutions just announced their "Indigo" personal assistant app for Windows Phone and Android (apparently, it'll sync your profile between both platforms too)
Jeshua VanSickle commented
Read my idea on Microsoft's AI issue and tell me what you think.
Steve Garrad commented
Yes, very much agree with that. Here is a list of things I'd like to see to make tellme competitive in the mobile market:
1. Have wolfram alpha like search
2. Voice searches should answer the user (like siri or google now)
3. Ability to initiate navigation directions
4. Ability to interact with calendar (make appointments, have your appointments read out, etc.)
5. A 'Bluetooth mode' similar to that for text messages where the phone connects to your car and transforms into a driving mode, which enables voice interaction for more things with an activating phrase (rather than pressing the windows button) for added safety. This would be similar to Kinect on the Xbox where you initiate commands by saying "Xbox" followed by the command.
6. Ability to dictate emails like texts (ie the whole process via voice rather than requiring screen interactions)
Max T. commented
Forget Siri, it needs to compete and win over Android Jelly Bean's voice recognition.
Clint Webb commented
What a forgotten feature. TellMe on Microsofts website still shows Windows 7, this is telling of the future of TellMe. I'm looking for total software integration in all apps and especially MS designed ones. Your TellingMe nothing at this current inteneration. I'm looking for setting alarms and scheduling tasks. Basic web searches don't cut it and there isn't proper dictation being used in the texting feature, only in Office. FIX NOW MS or I'm gone!
Yehia Hassan commented
Windows Phone 8 showed no new features in speech technology. Only a new "Note" command!!!
It needs more commands like: Play, Capture, Post, Share, Add Contact, Bluetooth on/off, WiFi on/off, Weather, Switch app, Mail, Edit document, Remind, Meeting and events, Download...
This is a duh! Do it
Neil Nuttall commented
In some ways TellMe is superior to Siri (from a pure voice recognition perspective), the AI of Siri is (in my opinion) a bit of a gimic (at this stage of the game anyway).
What's needed is greater/deeper integration. Why is it that I only have basic control commands (music, launching apps, making calls), and can only dictate searches and text messages?
Deeper intergration would mean I can dictate anywhere text input is available (just like Apple did from iOS 5 onward). I should be able to tweet using my car's Bluetooth.
You would be head to head with siri if TellMe is equal or better. the lumia series is better then the actual hardware on iphones. siri is the only thing they have
The main reason TellMe isnt as accurate is beause of absence of Noise Cancelling Hardware. Guys, vote for this idea :
A competative service is needed for WP to keep up with the innovations of other mobile platforms.
Heather Skender commented
I love my Windows 7.5 phone. The only thing I am jealous of is Siri.... "TellMe" just doesn't cut it.
I agree the Voice recognition seemed better on WM6.5 devices that I owned 3-4 years ago I could get it to send messages/ navigate to play music
In addition, the ability to use my wp7 phone hands free to conduct an SMS conversation has been outstanding. Expanding that functionality would be a huge gain -- to be able to control telephone conversations, email and music without touching the phone, or at least only one touch to start the voice control session.
heck yea. ask-ziggy is a big step in the right direction and MS needs to learn from that.
TellMe and Siri are two different things. TellMe is a voice command service and Siri is a virtual assistant, made to assist you.
Jack M commented
Need command to play music playlist.
Read email or Facebook status would be cool too.
I would like for my phone to be able to do what ask Ziggy does, ask a question (i.e. what is the international airport in Sydney called?) and get answer. The ability to set reminders, tasks, email and control my music would be fantastic