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Microsoft Tellme: Everything you want to know about new Talky-Assistant!

I happened to see this new “talking” virtual assistant from Microsoft today! OMG, where? …actually, I saw it through my Facebook news feed with couple of links leading to the same video which is attached below this post. Apparently, this news started picking-up since couple of days..

Truly speaking it won’t be a very good idea to review Microsoft’s this new service just by looking at couple of videos.

I am only writing-down to let know you guys, who haven’t heard about it before.

Tellme background

Tellme has been around in operations since more than a decade now. It was founded in 1999 as Tellme. Networks, Inc by Mike McCue and Angus Davis. Their primary focus was to offer voice recognition and instructional technology for improving phone usage in day-to-day life.

Tellme’s platform includes business search on 411, information on 1-800-555-TELL and customer services, order-by-phone services used by American Airlines, Merrill Lynch, FedEx and many others.

Microsoft, then acquired Tellme in 2007 for about US$ 800 million.

Microsoft Tellme: Everything you want to know about new Talky-Assistant!

What’s new with Tellme

Microsoft would like to put-up Tellme, as a unique feature for Windows based devices to take on Apple’s Siri and Android’s Speaktoit Assistant.

Microsoft Tellme: Everything you want to know about new Talky-Assistant!

Siri Vs Tellme Demo Video

The trend

As I write this post, Apple fans are loving the way Tellme is slow in responding while Windows fans are trying to give all possible soft-cushion.

Now my own unsolved question is, if Tellme is around since a decade now – why couldn’t they come-up with an artificial intelligence that would eat Siri from top to bottom? Siri project was merely ten months old when Apple bought it and put inside a phone.

The Plan

Microsoft has outlined a systematic plan to bring Tellme – voice recognition technology to Windows mobile phones, TV, XBOX, Kinect and PCs. They had to bring it on to lure Windows fans who were otherwise drooling over Siri.

Quick thought

After looking at Tellme website, videos – this is what I could think of Tellme as of now (see image below)

Microsoft Tellme: Everything you want to know about new Talky-Assistant!

I have nothing against Microsoft – they’re ruling the market in many segments. My only question remains is, why would they publicize it when it’s not really delivering at-par with the competition!

The results from above video doesn’t look promising enough to begin this campaign,but looking at money spent on production & development of these, virtual talky-assistants are here to stay for sure!

Did you get hands-on with Tellme on Windows phone?

Please share your views and I would definitely like to see positives from Tellme; because, ultimately – it’s going to come on my Windows PC someday πŸ™‚

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