Windows Speech Recognition

Updated April 30, 2013

Bottom Line

The best thing about Windows Speech Recognition is that if you use Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can try it out at no cost. If it meets your needs, you're all set. If it doesn't, no harm done, and you can move on to something else. Though Windows Speech Recognition isn't as feature-laden as Dragon, it's still better than nothing.

Ease Of Use

Relatively easy to use. Windows Speech Recognition isn't difficult to learn, but you will need to take a run through a training tutorial to get the knack. The tutorial lacks visuals and illustrations, making it less-than-engaging. But the learning curve is less than with other, more robust, speech-recognition software brands. It may be just the ticket for those in a pinch who need to be off their keyboards for an extended period.

ProsFree, Great supportConsSteep learning curve, Performance can't match Dragon products, Cannot be purchased separately