Here’s another episode of Microsoft Doesn’t Get It. This time, it’s Microsoft’s TellMe vs. Apple’s highly-touted and loved Siri. Eric Savitz in Forbes, interviews Microsoft executive Craig Mundie. Mundie:
TellMe facility’s been in the Windows 7 Phone (sic) for more than a year! I just think that people are infatuated with Apple announcing it… it’s good marketing. At least as a technological capability, you could argue that Microsoft has had a similar capability in Windows phones for more than a year. You could take these Windows phones and pick them up and say, ‘Text Eric,’ and it’ll say, ‘What do you want to say?’ and it transcribes it… You can query anything through Bing by just saying the words. I mean, all that’s already there. Completely functional, been there for a year.
So, TellMe is the same thing as Siri and it’s been there for a year. Let’s compare the two side-by-side:
Microsoft’s executives have no shame.