Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium
Best voice recognition software
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is almost universally regarded in reviews as the best voice recognition software, with the potential for 99 percent accuracy (though reviewers say about 98 percent is more realistic). The Premium version integrates easily with the Microsoft Office suite and almost all Windows applications, as well as some open-source programs. The NaturallySpeaking software also allows users to create voice-activated macros (shortcuts) and includes support for digital audio recorders. Reviewers say Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the most sophisticated product on the market, but that if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, or plan to soon upgrade to either operating system, the included Windows Speech Recognition program is worth trying out first. NaturallySpeaking is also available in a less expensive Home version (*Est. $100), but it's compatible with fewer programs.