Microsoft Tellme is NOT the same as Siri [video]

Over the past 24hours there have been a lot of posts about Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, claiming that “Microsoft has had a similar capability in...

Microsoft Tellme vs Apple Siri

Over the past 24hours there have been a lot of posts about Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, claiming that “Microsoft has had a similar capability in Windows Phone for more than a year… All that is already there, fully functionality for years.”

With Siri, Apple managed to humanise the synthesized voice with comedic responses. With more functionality like setting alarms and geo-fenced reminders, scheduling meetings and more, Tellme is really not the same thing. WP7 voice functionality still feels like last generation voice commands, regardless of how Microsoft try and sell it.

The problem isn’t with marketing as the video suggests, but rather the lack of a response to Siri. Tellme was probably on-par with Apple’s voice controls like “Play Artist xyz” in iOS4, but with Siri, Apple takes it to the next level. Microsoft needs to respond by releasing an update and not only match the functionality of Siri, but surpass it to draw attention and be a point of difference for potential smart phone buyers.

Also its worth keeping in mind that Siri is still in beta. While we are yet to see an update, when it arrives, it’s likely to add even more voice controlled functionality. Make no mistake, the race is on to be the first to deliver an OS-wide voice command API that 3rd party applications can integrate with. When that happens, it will be a game changer.

The video below graphically demonstrates the difference between the two voice systems, you be the judge.

Update
More than 500,000 people have now watched this video, you’re an opinionated lot. Below is a video responding to some of the comments.

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  • Frustrated Aussie
    30 May 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I have just switched from a Nokia E71 to the Nokia Lumina that uses Tellme. The E71 took a little training, but the Tellme just doesnot work. It can only recognise two names out of 200 names in my contact book. If I use bing it gets the words right about one in ten

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    21 July 2012 at 10:31 am

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  • Microsoft Training
    11 September 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Now a days apple covers broad market over the world. Iphone is very popular among peoples instead of microsoft and that is the fact.

  • Difference between Siri and Tell me [Video] | CyberJunkeez
    2 June 2013 at 5:15 am

    […] which has been made quite similar to Siri. Both the application has been tested face to face by TechTV.au and it was found that Tell me has a poorer voice command system and presentation. In that case […]

  • friv 2 friv 3 friv 4
    27 October 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Wrong. You can say stuff hundreds of ways with Siri. You don’t need to learn commands. Siri knows many ways *you* talk.

  • Friv 2 Friv 4
    5 November 2013 at 12:19 pm

    It is quite limited now because it is only designed for some basic instructions and was implemented.

  • friv 2 friv 3 friv 4
    28 December 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Wrong. You can say stuff hundreds of ways with Siri. You don’t need to learn commands.

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