Microsoft To Buy Tellme Networks – Video Shows How Much Microsoft Needs Speech Recognition Software Company – MS Missteps

Microsoft To Buy Tellme Networks – Video Shows How Much Microsoft Needs Speech Recognition Software Company – MS Missteps

Microsoft Jeff Raikes (L) and Tellme Mike McCue

(Best Syndication) Microsoft (Redmond WA) announced their plans to acquire Tellme Networks Inc. (Mountain View, CA). Although the company refused to disclose the price, reports put the value anywhere from $800 million to over $1 billion. Microsoft is expected to pay over $1 billion.

Tellme technology is currently used for voice services, including nationwide directory assistance, enterprise customer service and voice-enabled mobile searches. Microsoft says the technology can also be used for their office suite and mobile search, as well as other applications.

Microsoft has already invested in their own speech recognition technology, but they still insist that this new acquisition makes sense. “We’ve made great strides in speech technologies, but have only scratched the surface of what is possible,” said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division. “The acquisition of Tellme will bolster Microsoft’s existing speech capabilities, bringing both immediate and longer-term value to our customers and partners.”

The Tellme platform answers millions of calls every day for information such as finding local businesses, driving directions, sports scores, stock quotes, weather, news, movie show times and more. Tellme co-founder and CEO Mike McCue says “Tellme was founded with the idea that anyone should be able to simply say what they want and get it from any device, starting with the phone.”

McCue walked away from a meeting with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer realizing that a sale to Microsoft made more sense than taking his company public or selling to Google. “Now, with Microsoft, we’ll be able to extend that vision to millions of businesses and consumers around the world,” McCue said.

Common Misspellings: Tell me Tell-me speach voice recognition vioce

By Best Syndicaton News

YouTube Live Microsoft Speech Recognition Problems September 16, 2006:

External Links

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/mar07/03-14PowerOfSpeechPR.mspx

http://www.tellme.com/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-microsoft-tellme,0,3895681.story?coll=chi-bizfront-hed

http://news.com.com/Behind+Redmonds+Tellme+deal/2100-1014_3-6167422.html

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