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Craig Mundie Talks ‘Tellme on Windows Phone vs. Siri on iPhone’

Siri on iPhone 4S and Tellme on Windows PhonesMicrosoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie in a new video interview at the Forbes, talked to Eric Savitz about the company’s planned expansion of the new user interface.

He contended that comparing comparing Siri on the iPhone 4S and Tellme on Windows Phones is much alike.

Mudie, when asked for his opinion on Apple iPhone 4S “Siri” said, “The TellMe facilities has been in Windows Phone for more than a year.”

In the video clip (embedded below), he said: “People are infatuated with Apple announcing it. It’s good marketing, but at least as the technological capability you could argue that Microsoft has had a similar capability in Windows Phones for more than a year, since Windows Phone 7 was introduced.”

Mundie went on to describe how their version of Siri works on Windows Phones: “You can pick ’em up and say ‘text Eric’ and say what you wanna say and it transcribes it. You can query anything through Bing by just saying the words. I mean, all that’s already there. Fully functional, been there for a year.”

The TellMe feature in Windows Phone 7 does most of the same voice recognition features as Siri, including using voice to send text messages and search for anything using Microsoft’s Bing. Mundie says, “All that’s already there; fully functional and been there for a year.”

Mundie also discusses Microsoft’s efforts with the Kinect motion sensor device and technology, which has its own voice recognition features. Mundie predicts a big holiday season for the device as it pertains to its Xbox 360 game sales but also hints about Kinect’s future applications beyond gaming.

The next big phase of Tellme is in the upcoming XBOX dashboard update where it will power Bing search. You could say “XBOX Bing Batman” but the XBOX doesn’t talk back, like “Would you like to watch The Dark Knight?”.

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