Steve Ballmer has long been enthusiastic about developers and now developers have another reason to be enthusiastic about Windows 8.1. ZDNet reports that Microsoft has added a new speech recognition tool to its Bing developer toolkit that developers can use to “build Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT Metro-Style/Windows Store apps that include speech-recognition as one of their inputs.” ZDNet says that adding speech recognition is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to move Bing from being primarily a search engine toward being an app development platform. This way, even if Bing never catches up to Google as the world’s go-to search engine it will still be a vital asset for creating Windows apps.

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