Speech recognition software

Want to dictate text into Word, surf the Web hands-free, or issue spoken commands to Windows? You need speech recognition software. Find out which program we think is best.

If you are unable or unwilling to use the PC's keyboard for text and data entry, you need to consider buying a speech recognition application. Today's programs let you dictate into office applications like Word quickly and accurately. You can also surf the Web and control your PC using voice commands.

But which application should you buy? We review the two leading contenders, from ScanSoft and IBM.