What is the best free speech to text software for Windows?

james January 6, 2012
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What is the best free speech to text software for Windows?

  1. Alan Mowbray
    July 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Hi James,

    What is your free time worth?
    I went through this search several months ago and ended up just buying Dragon.
    After downloading and trying out five or six "free" apps, all I got for the 15-20 hours I spent in the search was a big fat nothing. But hey, I did gain some malware and some spyware... ugh.
    So after cleaning up my box I just bit the bullet and bought Dragon Naturally Speaking. I paid over a hundred bucks for it, but I now see on Amazon that it has dropped to $43 - including a headset and free shipping - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081V0JY2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=alame-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0081V0JY2 - Gotta dig that!

    Sometimes buying the software is cheaper than hunting for the free that doesn't exist.

  2. Jeff Fabish
    January 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Well, if you're going to purchase one I'd probably chose Dragon, though I hate to recommend products I simply saw on a commercial. See a previously asked question, What is the best free speech to text software for Windows? as well. 

    Windows has a built-in speech to text feature, go to Start -> Accessories -> Windows Speech Recognition.

    • David
      January 7, 2012 at 1:22 am

      windows or windows 7 only?

      • Jeff Fabish
        January 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

        For what? Windows Speech Recognition is built into Windows XP, Vista and 7. Dragon (Natural Speaking) is avaialable for Windows XP, Vista and 7. For more information on Dragon's requirements, see Dragon - System Requirements (applies to Natural Speaking 11, the latest version)

        • David
          January 7, 2012 at 3:31 am

          Not built into XP---
          From MS web site: ...how to use speech recognition in Windows XP. If you installed speech recognition with Microsoft Office XP, or if you purchased a new computer that has Office XP installed, you can use speech recognition in all Office programs as well as other programs for which it is enabled, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.
          The "Speech Recognition in Office XP" white paper provides a general overview of speech recognition. Topics include installation and setup, system requirements, the user interface, using Dictation mode, and so on.

        • FIDELIS
          January 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

          Hello, yes text to speech is built into XP .  It is very basic though... You can find it by following next instructions.

          -- click on start
          -- control panel
          -- sound, speech, and audio devices
          -- click on speech

          You can also, accessed it by doing the following:

          -- click on start
          -- click on run
          -- type narrator

          Here is a link, explaining options available:


        • David
          January 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          we were talking about stt not tts.

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