Voice Recognition in Windows Phone 10 Beta is abysmal

Voice recognition on Windows Phone 10 Preview is terrible. To demonstrate, I’ve attempted to write the next sentence of this blog using it. Here’s every attempt:

  1. It off and start
  2. it’s nothing stops halfway through a sentence.
  3. It off and stop
  4. Often stops halfway through president
  5. It often star
  6. It often starts at waitara send an
  7. It often starts at waitrose in
  8. It after
  9. Aften stop sao
  10. It often stops halfway through the
  11. It often
  12. It often stop sasha
  13. It often stops halfway through a sentence?

Thirteen attempts just to get one sentence. This is bad. This is comically bad. Voice recognition on Windows 8.1 was near perfect. Although it was only available for text messages, it worked almost flawlessly. WP10 seems to have done an about turn, because now it can’t figure out what I’m saying no matter what way I force myself to speak.

What happened Microsoft?

Edge can’t do bookmarklets…

I wanted to use the “PressThis” button to post about something else quickly today (filesprout – awesome, check it out) but instead I ended up falling down a rabbit hole of trying to set up bookmarklets in Microsoft’s new Edge browser. There are lots of search results on this, but all ultimately point to the same itworld.com article  on how to hack this together. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me. When I alter the content of a URL link in favourites it just disappears from the browser.

I wanted to give Edge a real try, but this issue is a deal breaker for me. I use bookmarklets daily and I don’t want to have to change that.