Using Speech on your Windows Phone
By on May 25th, 2011


Speech recognition is one of the hidden gems on Windows Phone. Many of the things you do day-to-day on your phone can be accomplished using only your voice, saving you a lot of clicks and typing. Using your voice to make a phone call also works through a Bluetooth headset.

  1. To open Speech, press and hold the Start button on your phone.
  2. When you’ve finished talking, press Go or simply wait a couple of seconds.
  3. If you want to cancel, press the Back button on your phone.

Here are some of the speech commands you can use:

Call someone from your contact list

  • Call <contact name>
  • Contact name is the name of someone in your contact list

Call any phone number

  • Call <phone number>
  • Phone number is any phone number, whether it belongs to a contact or not

Search the web

  • Find <search term>
  • Search for <search term>
  • Search term is the term you want to search the web with

Open an application

  • Open <application>
  • Start <application>
  • Application is the name of any application on your phone, such as Calendar.
Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

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