Microsoft has developed a product in a briefcase which it claims will respond to voice technology and is proof that the company's 'Microsoft at Work' (MAW) program is not as dead as people thought.
Mark Thompson, a product manager at Microsoft UK, gave members of the British Personal Computer Association (PCA), a sneak preview of the Product at the Computer Trade Show this week. It is, as yet, unannounced.
The product is part of a package that includes Auto PC for cars and Thompson claimed that it can play CDs you request by using voice recognition.
However, when Thompson demonstrated it yesterday evening, the female voice, which responded at boot time, refused to execute any of his commands.
Thompson said: "One potential idea is to combine everything in one box with nothing to plug in. The original idea of MAW was that it would diversify into every market. Perhaps it's just as well it never really took off."
He disclosed that Microsoft was working hard to make sure the new technology worked, courtesy of Windows CE. He said: "Psion had great success [with small devices]. And so did Palm Pilot."
He predicted that Microsoft would also have similar success when it launched its palm product in colour.
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