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Microsoft buys Nuance

In one of its biggest purchases ever, especially since they bought LinkedIn, Microsoft has now bought Nuance for $19.7 billion.  They are the makers of voice dictation software like Dragon Naturally Speaking.  I have written about Dragon many times over the years and given up on using it most of the time.  In recent years I had compatibility issues with the software and I just found that it was inconvenient to have to continually correct errors, even though it does get most of the dictation correct when properly trained.  This is compared to having a good typist – if I didn’t I may have persisted.  The training in itself is a mission.  One would imagine that the power of Microsoft behind it, it will take things to a new level and obviously we will see a lot more integration with Microsoft Office.  Microsoft Office is to Microsoft what the iPhone is to Apple – in other words, their main product as the continuous source of revenue over many decades and its going to be fascinating to see, in future, how voice dictation is combined with Word and Outlook for example.

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Nicolle  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 09:05 AM
I have heard of many a happy user of the Dragon Naturally Speaking product. They did have similar issues with training it, but, once trained, they say it works a dream.

Sune  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 08:49 AM
This is very interesting! Always great to see that companies such as Microsoft still wants to expand and make our lives a little bit easier.

thembi  said:
on Monday 24-May-21 04:42 PM
This is a very interesting topic one day i will like to try it

Kayla  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:46 AM
Technology evolves everyday. Some of the technology fades out, but others will evolve and take over which ever works better. Will be interesting to see what will be top of the market in a few years.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Thursday 06-May-21 03:46 PM
This are big boys with big pockets. They can afford to spend and am sure they wont spend on something that they will not be able to grow. Is a matter of time before the product makes a perfect comeback.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 03-May-21 10:37 AM
Microsoft is slowly taking over. I tend to use the "ok google" feature on my on my phone quite often, and the more and more I use it the less mistakes or correction are needed.

sandra  said:
on Monday 03-May-21 07:09 AM
I heard that the Dragon Software is amazing to use, especially in the litigious dictations. Well done to Microsoft.

zandelee  said:
on Friday 30-Apr-21 02:18 PM
I think that modern software like Nuance has really taken over the use of Dictaphones. I think once you have managed voice dictation it can truly increase your daily productivity.

Ashleigh De Villiers  said:
on Thursday 29-Apr-21 04:01 PM
I don't know much about Nuance and software's but I do say that voice dictation software's are quite annoying as everyone has a different tone and a different way of pronouncing words which can affect the use of the software. Lets see what happens with this.

brumilde  said:
on Thursday 29-Apr-21 02:11 PM
Very interesting article. Microsoft is taking over. always reminds me of that movie, where the technological place kills people and then steals their ideas

Victoria  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 04:09 PM
I have also struggled with the compatibility issue and it is super annoying to have to repeat yourself because it heard something else. Going to be very interesting to see what the future holds for Microsoft.

sarah  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 09:24 AM
I am surprise Microsoft has not started this venture sooner. I will likely take months, if not years, after the close of the acquisition for these benefits to manifest in Microsoft’s overall product portfolio.

sarah  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 09:24 AM
I am surprise Microsoft has not started this venture sooner. I will likely take months, if not years, after the close of the acquisition for these benefits to manifest in Microsoft’s overall product portfolio.

Zindy Kruger  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 09:20 AM
Microsoft will keep expanding in years to come. Always busy upgrading and looking for ways to improve every day tasks. If they were to get it right dictating word and outlook then there is plenty work still to be done as if you try and dictate you will have a laugh sometimes to see what words come out instead of what you said.

Franzelle Ekron  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 08:15 AM
Very interesting to read , but I really have no interest in any technology.

Prishani  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 04:07 PM
This seems to be quite a good investment for them, I am sure alot of time and planning went into making this decision!

Sinead  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 03:52 PM
What a great purchase! I'm not very technological but I know enough to get by ='''D
To keep up with technology, I guess this the next best buy. And also to keep up with the competition.

Lucretia  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 01:32 PM
I am sure if Microsoft takes over, then Nuance will improve. It is going to be interesting if it becomes available to all Microsoft packages because the exposure to the ordinary man on the street will be amazing.

Claudia B  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 09:29 AM
This is definitely interesting, would like to see what they plan and if any big changes will come.

Chante  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 08:44 AM
I think it definitely will be interesting how voice dictation will be combined with Word and Outlook possibly in the near future.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Thursday 22-Apr-21 08:34 AM
I really have no interest in any technology, but it does sound cool though

Michelle B  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 10:36 AM
I love that these Tech giants are constantly expanding and creating new ways to make our lives easier!

Angelique   said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 09:08 AM
I have never heard of the company Nuance however it makes sense that Microsoft goes into that area if it is looking to expand. If there is a company that can turn it around, its definitely Microsoft.

Lauren  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 07:43 AM
I think this is definitely an interesting venture for Microsoft cannot wait to see what will come of this. I know Microsoft will definitely take this to a new level and perhaps we will see Microsoft office working with voice dictation.

Megan  said:
on Monday 19-Apr-21 11:06 AM
Sounds like a beneficial business deal, Microsoft has the platform and presence that any business or brand would need. Nuance may not be as prevalent in South Africa but globally this could be the type of exposure they needed, and they seem to be for the betterment of individuals.

Alexis  said:
on Friday 16-Apr-21 04:24 PM
I am not really into technology and am rather useless. Though it does sound very interesting and it would be intriguing to see how it will work in the end.

Ziyanda  said:
on Friday 16-Apr-21 04:13 PM
Very interesting...but I have not tried it and will give it one and see how it goes!

fikile  said:
on Friday 16-Apr-21 02:53 PM
This is a very interesting topic, I have tried it once and well I had to use google maps to get out of town because siri couldn't understand were we are, I don't think I will ever use it again

Helen  said:
on Friday 16-Apr-21 08:08 AM
Very interesting blog, all the apps and computer programmes would help when there will be no errors. Microsoft might change and make a difference.
I will never forget the episode from Hotel Transylvania 3, when Dracula talk to Google:
Dracula said: "I am Lonely:"
Google respond: "Would you like a Polony?"

Roxanne Rautenbach  said:
on Thursday 15-Apr-21 01:16 PM
I'm not the technological person so all these new updated don't interest me and also when it comes to dictating things I'm the worst.

Nicolene Rich  said:
on Thursday 15-Apr-21 12:37 PM
This is very interesting, but as per David's comment below I think it will also drive me nuts. It's convenient because it's much easier, but the only thing that will irritate me is to go through everything again to make sure that there's no errors.

david  said:
on Thursday 15-Apr-21 08:38 AM
voice software drives me nuts. when i am having a normal conversation google starts doing all sorts of funny things. when i try to give it an instruction, it ignores me completely. sounds exactly like my children...

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