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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 launches with built-in laptop microphone support

James Temperton
22 Jul 2014
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Latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking available now for Windows, complete with new tutorial mode for novice users

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 is now available, with its developers claiming improved voice recognition accuracy and easier setup. The latest version of Dragon is also the first to support most built-in laptop microphones, enabling the software to be used without any additional kit.

Developed by software company Nuance, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 now has improved understanding of personal writing styles, allowing it to adapt by learning the words and phrases people use most. The software can be used for creating and editing documents, sending emails, searching the internet, updating Facebook and Twitter and many other common PC tasks.

The voice recognition software, which can be used for typing documents or controlling a computer, has been regularly updated since its first release way back in 1997. The latest version finally supports full control of text, allowing a user to dictate and edit texts without needing to touch their mouse or keyboard. Nuance explained that it was now possible to use voice commands to open a browser, open a website such as Facebook, scroll through a newsfeed and select photos and links to view.

New tutorials have also been developed to help novice users get to grips with the software. A four-step tutorial guides people through how to set up a profile and get started improving speed and accuracy when using dictation.

The English version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium is available now for £139.99, with special upgrade prices available to already registered users. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home will be available in August for £79.99.

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