In Windows 7, Microsoft has broadend their recognizers from 12 languages in Vista to 26 languages, which include the following: Norweigian (bokmal & nynorsk), Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Polish, Porgeues (Portugal), Romanian, Serbian (Cryillic & Latin), Catalan, Russian, Czech, and Croatian. Non-English Windows 7 will get their language recognizer, plus English.
The recognizers are currently a standard part of Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, and Vista Ultimate. In Windows 7, however, additional recognizers will only be available via the Language Pack, which is only available in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise. The main reason for this move was to reclaim diskspace that the recognizers took.
This will be particularly troublesome for those cultures where multiple languages are the norm (Australia, France, etc), and the education space. Tablet PC users now wanting to do recognition beyond English or their own language + English will now have to purchase Windows 7 Ultimate, which is quite a high cost to pay to just get additional recognition support. Now, the parent buying a tablet pc for their student will now need to factor in an upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate rather than just staying at Windows 7 Home Premium.
Rather than tying recognizers to the Language Pack, I would suggest creating a Recognizer Pack download and making that a free Windows Update download for Windows 7 Premium owners.
I’m curious as to how many GottaBeMobile.com readers this will impact?
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