SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Microsoft is indeed working on an application.
As I predicted, it is the company's BlackBerry.unit that is actively developing a program for Apple's iPhone. Tellme offers voice-activated search for a variety of phones, including the
Although the company created an early alpha program in a matter of weeks, senior director Dariusz Paczuski said it will probably be a couple of months before a public version is ready. He said that it will definitely happen within the current fiscal year, which runs through June.
"I'm not sure we can squeeze it out this year given everything we've got going on," Paczuski told me at last night's Churchill Club event.
The iPhone does present some interesting challenges. One of its big features is the fact that everything is done via a touch screen. But Tellme relies on a physical button to determine when to start listening to a query.
"You want a button," Paczuski said. Even on Sprint's touch screen Instinct, Tellme is able to use the call button to determine when a user is speaking. He said when the iPhone app launches there will probably be a big virtual button in the middle of the screen.