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Microsoft Advances AI with Voice Access, Replacing Older Speech Recognition Technology

Microsoft replaces Windows Speech Recognition with Voice Access for Windows 22H2 and later, starting from September 2024.


has announced the Voice Access app launched last year is set to replace the existing Windows Speech Recognition feature for users of Windows 22H2 and later versions. That transition is now set to go ahead in September 2024. Microsoft initially announced Voice Access last September before confirming it will replace Speech Recognition in December.

This development marks a significant shift in Microsoft's approach to voice-controlled computing, leveraging advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance user experience. The change reflects the company's commitment to improving accuracy, control, and accessibility through modern technology.

Key Features and Improvements

Voice Access is designed to offer users a more accurate and flexible way to interact with their computers using voice commands. Unlike its predecessor, this new app relies on cutting-edge AI technology to understand and execute commands more efficiently. One of the standout features of Voice Access is its ability to understand customized voice commands, allowing users to tailor the system to their specific needs and preferences. However, it's important to note that an internet connection is required for the initial setup of the application, as well as for downloading the necessary language models.

In addition to improved command recognition, Voice Access introduces support for multi-monitor setups, a feature particularly beneficial for professionals and power users who rely on extensive screen real estate for their work. This enhancement underscores Microsoft's focus on creating a more versatile and user-friendly interface for individuals operating in diverse computing environments.

Transition and Compatibility

The transition to Voice Access signifies a phased obsolescence of the older Windows app. While users of and earlier versions of can continue using the legacy app, those on the 21H2 build will be automatically updated to either 22H2 or 23H2, necessitating the switch to Voice Access.

Despite the advantages of the new system, some users may find the requirement for an internet connection and the current limitation in supported languages as potential drawbacks compared to the legacy application. Nevertheless, Microsoft has indicated that Voice Access will receive ongoing updates and enhancements, including expanded language support.

To get started with Voice Access, users can navigate to the “Settings” menu, select “Time & Language”, then “Speech”, and follow the prompts to configure their microphone settings. Both Voice Access and the traditional Windows Speech Recognition app are accessible from the Accessibility settings page, ensuring users can choose the option that best suits their needs.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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