Microsoft Confirms Tellme Acquisition

The rumors that Microsoft was about to acquire voice-enabled mobile search provider Tellme have been confirmed, with an announcement from Microsoft today.

"Speech is universal, simple and holds incredible promise as a key interface for computing," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "Tellme brings to Microsoft the talent, technology and proven experience in speech that will enable us to deliver a new wave of products and revolutionize human-computer interaction."

Potential areas of development resulting from the deal include hosted voice-enabled customer service solutions, voice user interfaces in Microsoft products, and search services on mobile phones that integrate with Live Search.

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