The Good Accurate speech-recognition engine gets it right 96 percent of the time; faster dictation than the competition; voice macros now work with any Windows app.
The Bad Requires more than 500MB of disk space; expensive for new users not upgrading; tech support is free for only the first 30 days.
The Bottom Line ViaVoice 10.0's improved speech engine makes it a mandatory upgrade for current customers and the best pick for anyone new to speech recognition.
IBM ViaVoice for Windows Pro USB 10.0
IBM ViaVoice for Windows Pro USB 10.0 costs a bundle: $190 for new users; $90 for a ViaVoice upgrade; and until February 15, 2003, $115 for an upgrade from competing speech apps, such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking. But if you want the best that money can buy in speech recognition, ViaVoice is it. The program's improved speech-recognition engine records dictation accurately more than 96 percent of the time and reacts to voice commands faster than the competition does. So if you're serious about consumer-targeted voice recognition, upgrade now. If you're new to speech recognition, plunk down the bucks for this best-of-breed speech engine. It's worth every penny. IBM's ViaVoice has always been a breeze to install and set up, and version 10.0 is no exception. All you have to do is put the software on your PC, plug in the included USB microphone (the excellent noise-canceling Plantronics DSP 300, a $90 value), and talk your way through a 15-minute training session. That's it.
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