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I love to talk; I hate to type.

June 01, 2014 #random #vui

If you know me, you won’t be surprised that I love to talk. What you may not know, is that I hate to type. Between my poor spelling and my constant typos, I think the delete key accounts for about 50% of my keystrokes. In fact, typing class was the only B-grade in my high school career. 25 years later and I’m not that much better.

On iOS, Siri gives you exceptional dictation abilities. Recently, I heard about a new iOS application from Scott Hanselman (@shanselman), one of my favorite Microsoft employees. He was able to leverage Siri on iOS to do dictation into any Windows application. Learn more about it at myEcho: Bringing iOS quality speech recognition and dictation to Windows and read about how it was built using C# on his blog: We are abstracting on the shoulders of giants.

That made me wonder - can my Mac do dictation? A quick Google search indicated that it could, and it was easy to use. To prove it, I dictated the first draft of this blog post.  Learn how to enable diction on your Mac: Mac Basics: Dictation lets you speak text instead of typing.

Do you speak to your computer and expect it to listen?