New Bing speech recognition control now available, as are updates to Bing OCR and Translator controls

Monday’s release of the new Bing Speech Recognition Control for Windows 8 and 8.1, and updates to the Bing Optical Character Recognition Control for Windows 8.1 and Bing Translator Control for Windows 8.1, continues delivering the improved features of the new Bing platform.

As the Bing Dev Center Team Blog reports, Windows 8 and 8.1 enables devices to recognize speech. Apps can let users dictate emails, search for the latest news, navigate an app via voice, and more. If you are a Windows Phone developer, you may already be familiar with the speech recognition inside Windows Phone (the user taps a microphone icon, speaks into the mic, and the text shows up on screen). Now, that same functionality is available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT through the free Bing Speech Recognition Control.

Earlier this month we updated the Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store Apps for Windows 8 and 8.1.

Adding the power of optical recognition control to Windows 8.1 Store apps gives developers all kinds of new scenarios to enhance their creations, including recognizing text in documents; the identification of email addresses, phone numbers and URLs; and the extraction of coupon codes. Coming out of Customer Technical Preview, the Bing Optical Character Recognition Control for Windows 8.1 now supports six new languages: Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Chinese Simplified, in addition to the existing language support for English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.

The Bing Translator Control also moves to general availability Monday. Access robust, cloud-based, automatic translation easily between more than 40 languages. The Translator Control gives you access to machine translation services built on over a decade of natural language study from Microsoft Research. After download and one-time authentication, you can simply place the Translator Control in your app, feed it a string to translate and then receive the translation.

Read the rest of the post on the Bing Dev Center Team Blog for more details on Monday’s updates, and then check out the Bing Developer Center for other useful resources, including code samples, for building smarter, more useful applications.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff