Top 5 speech recognition apps for Windows 10

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When the keyboard and mouse were first created, these tools created a revolution in the manner humans interacted with computers.

Nowadays, a new trend is becoming more and more popular among computer owners: using their voice and speech recognition apps to control their devices.

There are a series of advantages that determine the user to adopt this method: it’s faster, easier, and makes the human-machine interaction more personal.

Speech interaction between users and computers is also very useful for professionals on the go, as it allows them to simply dictate their answer to important emails while embarking on their next flight.

We’re going to answer this question by listing the best speech recognition software currently available for Windows 10, as well as their main features.

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What are the best speech recognition apps I can use?

Dragon Home

If you enjoyed the speech recognition experience offered by Windows’ built-in speech recognition app, and you want to take this experience to the next level, we recommend the Dragon Home.

According to Nuance, the company behind this app, you can literally speed through your to-do list simply by speaking.

This speech recognition tool allows you to create and edit documents three times faster than you can type, send emails, or search and surf the web.

If you’re often on the go, you can capture notes for later transcription.

Dragon Home also lets you keep up with what’s going on on social media.

You can post on Facebook, check your friends’ profiles, and communicate with clients and colleagues.

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Windows Speech Recognition

Why first look elsewhere when Microsoft offers you a built-in speech recognition app?

To turn this feature on, type speech recognition in the search box, and then enable the feature.

When you want to activate this app, all you have to do is say Start listening and the microphone activates.

Windows Speech Recognition can basically do anything: it can launch apps for you, write a Word document as you’re dictating it, or reply to emails.

This app is available in six languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Of course, some improvements to make the speech recognition tool more accurate would come in handy.

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Braina

 

Braina (Brain Artificial) is a smart personal assistant, human language interface, and automation software for Windows 10.

This tool allows you to control your computer using only your voice, and perform various personal and office tasks much faster.

The user interface is available in English only, and this may be a drawback for non-native speakers.

The list of actions Braina can perform is impressive: it can take dictations, search information on the web, play the songs you want to hear, open or search files on your computer, set alarms and reminders, do mathematical calculations, remember notes for you, automate various computer tasks, read ebooks and more.

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VoxCommando

This speech recognition tool doesn’t offer as many features as the tools listed above, focusing mainly on controlling multimedia.

VoxCommando allows you to voice control your media, home automation, and PC.

You can also customize the settings and commands to make it easier for you to control all your devices.

If tinkering is your hobby, this is the perfect tool for you, as it lets you add voice control to almost anything.

VoxCommando uses two speech engine options and supports more than 20 languages and accents.

The main advantage of this tool is that it allows for a higher degree of customization, but it not as versatile as the speech recognition tools listed above.

VoxCommando is basically a speech recognition tool for tech-savvy users.

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Cortana

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Microsoft has managed to significantly improve Cortana in the last years, but the app still has a series of limitations and is still plagued by many bugs.

On the other hand, Cortana works on all your Windows devices. This makes it more familiar and easier to use for Windows users.

You can dictate emails to Cortana, search for information on the internet, ask Cortana to call your contacts, launch apps on your computer, and more.

In order to function at its full potential Cortana needs to collect private information about you, and this has been bugging users for a long time.

On the other hand, speech recognition software that exists only on your computer, such as the Windows Speech Recognition app, works even when the privacy setting is turned off.

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Have you already used some of the speech recognition tools listed above? Tell us more about your experience in the comment section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • Odd. The author needs to do a little more research. It won’t take much work to find that Nuance (Dragon) has errors and bugs that have moved through 6 to 8 new additions, has numerous conflicts with programs such as MS Office products and all browsers, slows and crashes these frequently. They are largely unresponsive to customer concerns, and frankly, a lot of us are just waiting for an alternative product to say our farewells!