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I've been using Windows Vista's speech recognition. In theory it is great because I can command my computer and dictate to it. In practice it is buggy (stops responding) and doesn't understand a lot of words. (Many times I've said Backspace and exactly that word has appeared on the screen!)

Is there a good, preferably free and / or open source alternative?

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Good = Dragon naturally speaking. Good and free/open...not that I am aware of

edit: Nuance software provides several applications. From PC to Mac and apps for mobiles. The mobile app for iPhone is a free download.

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

Mouse over individuals menu and you should see all of their software options.

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thanks, that's what I was afraid of... –  Wikis Nov 22 '10 at 21:08
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I have since found the excellent Dragon Dictation app - but that's for the iPhone. Shame there is not a free Windows version.

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@aking1012 - I don't get this - are you being sarcastic? Do you want me to accept your answer instead of mine? –  Wikis Jan 1 '11 at 9:11
    
aking1012's answer is basally same as yours, so you should have accepted it. –  AndrejaKo Jan 1 '11 at 13:16
    
@andrejako @aking1012 I disagree, I gave new information (based on my independent experience). But if he changes his answer to include what I have I will accept his instead - no problem. –  Wikis Jan 1 '11 at 17:28
    
@aking1012 - thanks. However, I would prefer it if you did change your answer so that I can give you the check because of the above criticism. –  Wikis Jan 2 '11 at 7:39
    
@aking1012 - thx, accepted your answer. –  Wikis Jan 4 '11 at 11:41
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I am not sure if the current answer (answered over 3 years ago) is correct. Although the question is also out of date, I stumbled across it and think it should be updated.

There are several other options today, here is a good starting point for anyone else looking for alternatives:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_speech_recognition_software

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