Microsoft is phasing out Windows Vista-era Speech Recognition on Windows 11

Microsoft is preparing to phase out the Speech Recognition feature in the upcoming release of Windows 11. The feature allowed users to train the operating system to recognize their voice and execute commands, but Microsoft has decided to pivot towards the new Voice Access feature in Windows 11, which is powered by AI and supports multiple languages.

The move to deprecate Speech Recognition comes on the heels of several feature additions in Windows 11, including a new Start menu, widgets, redesigned File Explorer, and more. Microsoft has provided a list of features that are being deprecated, which now includes Speech Recognition.

Initially introduced with Windows Vista, Speech Recognition allows users to interact with Windows using voice commands and has been a vital tool for individuals with accessibility needs.

As Microsoft plans to discontinue Speech Recognition, users will need to transition to Voice Access, which can be found by searching for it in the Search Bar or Settings in Windows 11. It’s important to note that Voice Access is currently only available for Windows 11, version 22H2, or later, and is supported in English in various countries including the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

Microsoft has advised users to make the switch to Voice Access, as Speech Recognition will no longer receive updates and may be completely removed in future Windows updates.

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