I mentioned we had a chance to see some things from Microsoft Labs at Mobius 2008 in December and one of those things was the new Microsoft Recite. We were just given early access to the application that will be coming soon as a free utility for Windows Mobile 6.0 and higher users.
As stated by Microsoft, Microsoft Recite is:
Microsoft Recite is a search technology for your voice that runs on Windows Mobile (v6.0 and higher) devices. With Microsoft Recite, you can use your voice to easily store, search and retrieve the things you want to remember, where and when you need them.
How Does It Work? Press “Remember” to record a thought. Press “Search” to retrieve your thoughts. It’s that simple! Microsoft Recite’s voice search makes it easy to retrieve your stored thoughts and notes by using voice pattern matching. It analyzes the patterns in your speech and finds matches between two recordings – the notes you stored on your phone, and the search you do using your voice. With Recite you can store hundreds of spoken notes, and then later retrieve the notes you want you want based on a match with your search term(s). This is different from speech recognition, which has to accurately convert spoken words to application-readable input.
How will consumers use Microsoft Recite? We can think of countless handy ways that you might use Microsoft Recite… record your shopping list, friends’ birthdays, addresses, school happenings, gift ideas, get togethers, favorite wines… anything you might need or want to remember later. Recite even lets you remember and search in multiple languages.
I had a chance to use it on my Palm Treo Pro and think it is a handy utility, especially to use while you are in a place where you cannot write something down (such as while driving). This service seems to function for voice like Evernote does with photos and handwritten notes. Maybe they could partner together to provide an even more powerful version of Evernote.