Microsoft to Discontinue Standalone Speech Server 2007 Product
Don't hold your breath... (the "Dear Aunt" Demo)
There are Linux-based and platform-independent speech servers too.
It's not the only project that Microsoft had just discontinued:
Microsoft to Pull the Plug on Virtual PC for Macs
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| After months of hedging, Microsoft is finally acknowledging what many
| had expected: It plans to discontinue support for Virtual PC on
| Macs... Microsoft also is discontinuing support for Visual Basic
| scripting in its next version of Office for Mac, company officials
| said this week.