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What's Microsoft Speech Server (Beta)?

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"Microsoft Speech Server 2007 (Beta) is Microsoft's state-of-the-art Interactive Voice Response platform (IVR) that allows developers to build, deploy and maintain Voice Response applications using touch tone or speech recognition and synthesis."

That's the marketing pitch. Here, Mithun Dhar, Albert Kooiman and David Ollasonwe explain to us what that actually means....

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    The Discussion

    • erik_
      Whoh, a dutch guy speaking english[H]
    • Cybermagell​an
      I keep thinking they're saying "SpeedServer" I want one of those!

      Interestingly though it sounds like all the people in the first 5 minutes all speak different languages...
    • ChrisBerlin
      This is Hot, where i can download the Beta Software easy?  Tongue Out
      I haven't watch the last 2 minutes of the video ...
    • jsampsonPC
      I'm an outsider to Microsofts guts, but it seems like every smart programmer on the MS team has a foreign accent Smiley Perhaps channel nine should start each show with, "Who are who, what's your position, and what country do you hail from, mate?"

      It would be an interesting stat to the radio of foreign/local employees at MS Smiley

      The big question is, whill SpeechServer recongnize the English being spoken by these three? Smiley lol.
    • dotnetjunkie

      Very cool!!!

      Are you also going to support other languages for the TTS and Speech Recognition?  We would need Dutch for our applications.

    • brandontyler
      Nice!  And when MSS 2007 launches GotSpeech.Net will be the online community to talk about it!  Great video guys!
    • trackerball
      Great stuff. Somewhat naive when Mithun Dhar said "Now you have intellisense" (when it took him to the skeletal callback function in Visual Studio .NET)
    • staceyw
      Great stuff guys.  Can you develop with just VS and the SDK or do you need to install the server on your laptop?  Also, can you test on VS without deploying to the server (i.e. like a virtual server) with just a mic and headphones?
    • alphonso

      Nice video!  Cool

      I'd like to know what are the languages that are in the pipeline. In the video something has been said about new languages to be added later as well as a methodology to add more languages by third parties.
      Could you please let us know what are these new languages and when will they be available.
      In our company, management seems to have chosen Nuance and Some O.S VXML browser. The main reason we have not opted for Microsoft S.S is the lack of supported languages. It is crucial for us to support as many european languages as possible (and even more languages like Chinese and Arabic...).

      Please, help me make a point for M.S.S!
      Support more languages an provide some time-frame, roadmap, ...[A]

      Thank you in advance.

      Keep it up.

    • MithunD
      Thanks Chris!Smiley

      The beta program is now closed for public (Over subscriptions). However, if you are still interested we have the JumpStart program which is targeted at ISVs and MSFT Partners.

      Please email mssjump@microsoft.com for more information.

      Regards,

      Mithun Dhar
    • MithunD

      Answering the big question,

      Yes! Speech Server is indeed able to understand all the dialects. We also have a diffrent language pack to handle UK English.

      HTH!

      -Mithun Dhar

      PS:
      MSS works like a charm for all three of us! Wink

    • MithunD

      Thanks Stacey!

      We have the MSS 2007 (beta) Developer edition which allows you to develop on your laptop/workstation. The development is supported on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Std/Ent. You will need Visual Studio 2005 with Windows workflow foundation installed.

      Once developed, you can deploy and test your speech application from the same machine(by either calling the server with a Softphone/Actual phone, or use the integrated debugger with just a mic and a headset). We have enabled the use of 2 ports on Dev edition. So in essence, it will behave exactly like the Server with port limitations.

      HTH!

      Thanks!

      Mithun Dhar

    • alphonso
      What about the OTHER big question Mithun? Tongue Out
      Any plans for other languages. Meaning other than the first 5 languages.
      Any plans to have Dutch, Italian, Sweedish, French (France), ...etc.

      Keep it up.
    • staceyw
      MithunD wrote:
      

      Thanks Stacey!

      We have the MSS 2007 (beta) Developer edition which allows you to develop on your laptop/workstation. The development is supported on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Std/Ent. You will need Visual Studio 2005 with Windows workflow foundation installed.

      Once developed, you can deploy and test your speech application from the same machine(by either calling the server with a Softphone/Actual phone, or use the integrated debugger with just a mic and a headset). We have enabled the use of 2 ports on Dev edition. So in essence, it will behave exactly like the Server with port limitations.

      HTH!

      Thanks!

      Mithun Dhar



      Perfect answer I was hoping for.  Thanks!!!
      --wjs
    • vnenov
      Can you please let me know how can I get a copy of the MSS 2007 or the OCS 2007? I am a professor at the Division of Neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center and direct the work of a small team of developers and researchers at the Brain Monitering and Modeling Lab. We develop medical IT applications and are interested in getting into speech technology as a front end of our extensive backed integrated systems that give us access to a variety of medical data sources. Here is a pointer to one of our products www.gcq.com We have MSDN subscription.

      Thanks for your help.

      Val Nenov, PhD, PhD
    • A.K.Raju

      My Name is Raju.A.K, working as .Net programmer and now i have to work with the new tech. of Speech server 2007. I have searched lots of websites for sample applications. it was great to see your tutorial. its nice and i have gained lot and implemented a sample applications, but still i need to concentrate on more and more on controls,
      As I have developed application

      but i need to configure with telephone or SIP phone on the client machine can you please send me how to deployee application and test the application from the client machine by configuring with particular call party number. so that i can test the applications.
      I would also like to have some sample applications to work on all the controls. Please help me if any links provided by your site or any video tutorials, i feel great thankful to your team.
      If any books on speech server 2007, i would like to download or purchase the books

      Thanks & Regards

      Raju.A.K.

      raju@leadingc.com

    • serges90
      Cool technology - my commends to the team. A lot of companies tried (and have built) similar applications, but the power of the Workflow and integration w/ the VS 2005 is a great differentiating factor.

      My question:

      Does the MSS 2007 (now in the OCS) provide or plan any third party telephony product connection points for integration purposes? E.g., could companies which have already invested in conventional IVR/self-service applications utilize the power of the MSS 2007 (speech side). I am not talking about VoiceXML, but specifically about the Workflow and SR/TTS features. Questions such as associating 'speech channels' with 'IVR scripts' come to mind.

      Again, job well done (hope, that accuracy and performance will be as good as the architecture Smiley ) .
    • nguyendk82
      Hi there,

      My name is Khanh Nguyen. I am currently student  majoring in computer science at Western Washington University. I am working on the senior project which my part is speech recognition, and speech synthesis. i am wondering if i could use the new version of the speech server for my project.

      thanks

      khanh
    • MithunD
      Hi Khanh,
      Microsoft Speech Server now aka Office Communication Server - Speech Server is in beta.

      You can download those bits off of http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb267356.aspx

      This gives you Speech Sever and more!

      HTH!

      -Mithun Dhar
    • mhorgan

      Can you repost this video. Seems to be deleted.  It was very good. Much better then the new one.

    • MithunD
      Just checked, the video is still online. Let me know if you have trouble accessing it. My blog address is: http://blogs.msdn.com/mithund

      -Mithun Dhar
    • robb

      Cool staff. Do you have Russian language?

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