Microsoft buys phone voice control company

Microsoft has bought TellMe, a US provider of nationwide directory assistance services and voice-enabled mobile search, for a price reported to be $800m or more. This will be Microsoft’s biggest purchase in five years, and Microsoft says “potential areas of development resulting from the deal will range from hosted voice-enabled customer service solutions that complement Microsoft’s existing unified communications offerings to voice user interfaces in existing Microsoft products to search services on mobile phones that integrate with Live Search for mobile offerings”.

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