Microsoft to introduce ‘Google assistant’ alternative for Windows

Author : Saipriya Iyer | Published Date : 2020-12-28 

Microsoft Corporation, an American multinational technology giant, is reportedly testing a new voice launcher feature which will enable users to interact with files and applications using voice commands.

According to trusted sources, the feature is currently available to select group of users who utilize Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), French (France and Canada), and English (India, Australia, Canada, UK, and US) languages.

Microsoft is also encouraging users to help expand its voice search database to improve the accuracy of this feature. In this context, the company mentioned in the voice launcher prompt that some of the voice clips contributed by the users will be reviewed by Microsoft employees and suppliers.

The tech giant further added that it preserves the privacy of contributors and any voice clip containing personal details will be removed.

As per credible sources, the experimental function appears automatically in the Windows Search API. Users may also use 'Win + H', the Windows Narrator shortcut to manually start the voice launcher. The functionality has been enhanced for all form factors operating Windows. It also enables users to automatically insert appropriate punctuations to their dictations by toggling the auto-punctuation feature.

From functional design perspective, this functionality belongs to the Narrator program, which is a built-in application created by Microsoft that can perform automatic screen reading and voice operations to support the impaired, claim sources knowledgeable with the subject.

Reportedly, the new voice launcher is still in the testing phase, and the key feature provided in this early stage is to automatically pop up in the text field of the Windows Search API.

The details for the wider availability of the voice launcher is yet to be disclosed, however, the feature is most likely to be rolled out in Windows 10 October 2021 update, sources confirmed.

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