IBM ViaVoice 98 voice recognition software

With the claim "IBM reinvents speech", IBM has launched two new voice products.

According to the company, ViaVoice 98 allows you to use your voice to operate the computer to create finished, formatted documents fast and easily. The products come with a base vocabulary of 56,000 words, more than a 50 per cent increase from earlier versions of speech recognition products. You can add up to 64,000 more words on to that base. The product has a new "modeless" operation, meaning that you no longer have to say "begin dictation" to switch from command mode to speech dictation. After the product has completed your voice enrolment it can distinguish commands from text.

The IBM ViaVoice 98 family consists of two products: ViaVoice 98 Executive Edition ($325) for the professional, business person, writer and frequent PC user; and ViaVoice 98 Home Edition ($129) for continuous speech for the family.

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