How to enable multi-process Firefox 64-bit

Speech recognition, voice activation, freehand, input and data protection

The security of your data is important for us. For this reason, in Windows 10 you have control over your data protection settings for online speech recognition and the personalization features for ink and keyboard input. The following sections provide more information about these features.

voice recognition

Microsoft offers both a device-based speech recognition feature and cloud-based speech recognition technologies (online).

By activating the setting for online speech recognition, you can use Microsoft's cloud-based speech recognition in Cortana, in the Mixed Reality portal, for dictation in Windows using the software keyboard and in supported Microsoft Store apps, and in the future also in other parts of Windows .

If you turn on speech or install Windows Mixed Reality when you set up a HoloLens device, you can use your voice for commands, dictation, and app interactions. Both the device-based speech recognition and the online speech recognition setting are activated. When both settings are turned on, the device listens to your voice input when the headset is turned on and sends your voice data to Microsoft's cloud-based voice recognition service. You can turn off these settings at any time by going to HoloLens begin > Settings > privacy > voice recognition or when using Mixed Reality on a Windows 10 device begin >Settings > Mixed reality > Audio and speech recognition switch. Learn more about speech recognition in Windows Mixed Reality

When you use Microsoft's cloud-based speech recognition service, Microsoft collects and uses your voice recordings to create a text transcript of the spoken words in the voice data.

You can use device-based speech recognition without sending your voice data to Microsoft. However, Microsoft's cloud-based speech recognition service offers more accurate recognition than device-based speech recognition. If the setting for online speech recognition is disabled, non-cloud-based voice services that only use device-based recognition - such as the screen reader app or the Windows Speech Recognition app - continue to work, but Microsoft does not collect voice data.

Microsoft also stores information about your calendar and contacts (people), if you've allowed Cortana to do so, in order to personalize the use of speech recognition and to help Windows and Cortana better recognize people, events, places and music when you send messages or dictate documents. The information Cortana collects can be used to personalize speech recognition for you on all Windows devices and Cortana apps when you sign in with the same Microsoft account.

Whenever we collect data, including to improve the way we work with a device, we want to make sure that you have all the information necessary to decide how to use your data. Therefore, we provide the following information about setting options.

How to control the language settings

Control of online speech recognition

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > voice recognition.

  2. Switch to Online speech recognition the setting on A or Out.

How to control whether speech clips are used to improve online speech recognition

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > voice recognition.

  2. Choose under Help to improve online speech recognition, one of the following options:

  • Start by contributing my voice recordings

  • Finish posting my voice clips

How to turn off speech recognition in earlier versions of Windows 10

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > Speech recognition, freehand and typing.

  2. Choose Deactivate speech recognition services and input suggestions. This will disable Microsoft's cloud-based speech recognition. It will also delete the local custom dictionary that is used to support keyboard and ink input.

Control speech recognition on HoloLens

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > voice recognition.

  2. Change under voice recognition the setting on A or Out.

How to control speech recognition for mixed reality

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > Mixed reality > Audio and voice recognition.

  2. Deactivate under voice recognition check box voice recognition use.

If you've allowed Cortana to save your calendar and contacts to the cloud so that Windows and Cortana can give you better results, follow these steps to delete this data:

  1. Choose begin  > Settings  > Cortana and then Permissions or Permissions & history out.

  2. Choose My personal information in Cortana in the cloud change and then Clear out.

Voice activation

Windows gives supported apps the ability to respond and take action on specific language keywords. For example, Cortana can respond (listen and respond) to “Cortana”.

If you've given an app permission to respond to voice keywords, Windows 10 actively monitors the microphone for such keywords. As soon as a keyword is recognized, the app has access to your voice recording and can process the recording, take action and respond, for example with a spoken answer. The app may send the voice recording to its own services in the cloud to process the commands. Each app must ask your permission before accessing voice recordings. An assistant app can send voice recordings to its services and use the recordings for other purposes, e.g. B. the improvement of the services, collect. For more details, see the privacy policy for the Assistant app. Microsoft does not collect voice recordings for third-party apps that you've allowed voice activation.

When an app's voice assistant is ready to be activated with a spoken keyword, the microphone icon appears in the system tray and looks like this:

As soon as an app's voice assistant is activated, the microphone icon on the taskbar will be changed to look like this:

Voice activation can also be activated when the device is locked and the screen is off. Once an app is activated with a voice keyword, it can still listen to the microphone. Even if your device is locked and the screen is off, the app can be activated for all users who speak near the device and have access to the same group of functions and information as when the device is unlocked.

The voice assistant reacts differently depending on the setting you have chosen for your device or the type of device you are using.

If you have a laptop or tablet

power saving mode

Voice activation availability

Voice assistant behavior

Switch to energy saving mode after a certain period of time

When the screen is on (default)

The voice assistant stops responding after the device goes into sleep mode

Never switch to energy saving mode

When the device is in mains operation

The voice assistant always answers when the device is connected to the network.


If you have an all-in-one

power saving mode

Voice activation availability

Voice assistant behavior

Switch to energy saving mode after a certain period of time

When the screen is on

The voice assistant will become unresponsive after the device goes into sleep mode

Never switch to energy saving mode

When the device is in mains operation (standard)

The voice assistant always answers when the device is connected to the network.


There are a few exceptions to the behavior described above:

  • If you have a laptop or tablet and your device is in low power mode, the voice assistant will not be able to answer.

  • If you have a laptop or tablet with a built-in virtual assistant that supports hardware keyword recognition, e.g. B. Alexa or Cortana, the voice assistant always answers and will even reactivate your device if it is on battery power and in energy-saving mode.

Hints:

  • To view and change the power saving mode settings, go to begin > Settings > system > Mains operation & energy saving mode. 

  • To view and change the voice activation settings, go to begin > Settings > privacy > Voice activation.

  • To see what permissions have been granted for the app that is available when the device is locked, switch to begin  > Settings  > privacy and check the various settings on the pages App permissions.

How to control voice activation settings

How to change whether the apps listed on this settings page can be activated using a language keyword

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > Voice activation.

  2. Put the setting Allow apps to use voice activation on A or Out.

How to change whether the apps listed on this settings page can use voice activation when the device is locked

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > Voice activation.

  2. Put the setting Apps can respond to voice activation when this device is locked on A or Out.

How to change whether an app can be activated with a language keyword

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > Voice activation.

  2. Activate or deactivate the individual apps and select under Choosefrom which apps the voice activationcan use. If Allow apps to use voice activation for your user account Out is set, the on / off switches can only be activated if the option Allow apps to use voice activation on A is set.

  3. Choose under Allow apps to use voice activation the app and set the setting that allows the app to react to keywords on Out firmly.

How to change whether an app can use voice activation when the device is locked

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > Voice activation.

  2. Activate or deactivate each app where you can find it under Select which apps the Voice activation may use is displayed. If Apps can respond to voice activation when this device is locked for your user account Out is set, the on / off switches can only be activated if the option Apps can respond to voice activation when this device is locked on A is set.

Personalization of ink and keyboard input

Using the ink and keyboard input on your device, Windows creates a personal dictionary for you that stores unique words, such as names, to assist you with keyboard and ink input.

When you synchronize your Windows device settings with other Windows devices, your local user dictionary (up to 100 KB per language and a total of 300 KB hard disk space) is saved on your personal OneDrive to allow your dictionary to be shared with your other Windows devices. More information about synchronization settings.

How to control the personalization of ink and keyboard input

Disable the personalization of ink and keyboard input and delete the local user dictionary

  1. Switch tobegin > Settings > privacy > Personalization of ink and keyboard input.

  2. Switch to To get to know me the setting on Out.

Turned off personalization of ink and keyboard input and cleared the local user dictionary in earlier versions of Windows 10.

  1. Switch to begin > Settings > privacy > Speech recognition, freehand and typing.

  2. Choose Deactivate speech recognition services and input suggestions. This will erase the data on your device and turn off cloud-based speech recognition. It also resets the local user dictionary, which is used to support keyboard and ink input.