Microsoft® Visual Studio® Extensions for the AT&T API Platform
Latest news! AT&T launches the Microsoft® Visual Studio® Extensions for the AT&T API Platform! We are excited to offer Microsoft® Visual Studio® Extensions for the AT&T API Platform in conjunction with the launch of Visual Studio 2012, today, September 12, 2012. You can watch the anticipated Visual Studio 2012 virtual launch event, here http://www.visualstudiolaunch.com
Visual Studio was a tool I used years ago—and I know millions of developers continue to use it so I’m pleased the community will be able to add our APIs to their applications. When we think about our 100M+ customers, the portion that are using Windows Phone devices will continue to grow and will want access to the richest apps. It is great that we can work with Microsoft to help developers create better apps.
My high level findings about using the extensions is that they give developers access to Speech and Messaging APIs while creating apps for Windows mobile devices. In addition to standard API documentation, working code samples, configurable controls, and drag and drop functionality are included to eliminate steps and reduce code complexity/footprint. This simplifies the path for developers taking their apps from the idea stage to market. The process allows the developer to be able to see AT&T APIs working right away. The faster developers can use our APIs, the more time they can spend focusing on better features or functionality for our customers. For each of the APIs we are including control source and sample code, which allows the developer to quickly create prototypes.
The Microsoft Visual Studio Extensions for the AT&T API Platform allow for easy integration with Microsoft technologies to invoke the AT&T APIs, including Speech and Messaging (SMS and MMS). The Visual Studio extensions for the AT&T API platform leverage the power of the Microsoft .NET platform helping you to quickly bring robust apps to market. To download the extensions, please download from the Visual Studio Gallery
AT&T uses the Apigee gateway to provide RESTful APIs to the developer community in a scalable, seamless fashion. AT&T currently offers a number of APIs and just made Speech and Messaging (SMS and MMS) available in the Visual Studio 2012 extensions.
One of the APIs we are most excited about is the Speech API, which simplifies the process of speech-enabling apps, provides speech-to text capability, and is powered by the Watson Speech Engine from AT&T Labs. It has been clear the last couple of years that customers are looking for alternate input methods for apps—most specifically, their voice. We saw positive trends with speech. A recent paper from ABIresearch predicts 140M speech application downloads by 2014. That is an incredible opportunity for developers!
Our solution is cloud-based. As the nature of speech recognition becomes more complex, the benefits of network-based speech become more obvious. Think about all the forms of virtual assistants that customers love, whether consumer-based or enterprise-based like doctors or lawyers. For speech to be effective here, you cannot constrain the customer to a specific sentence outline but rather, need to let them speak naturally and let the engine do the work. Our Speech API is optimized for seven specific speech contexts: web search, local business search, question-and-answer, voice mail to text, SMS to text, TV, and general-purpose or generic.
We also offer SMS and MMS APIs (that developers may get from aggregators, but can now get from AT&T directly):
MMS – Enhances the power of your communications by moving beyond the text-only capabilities of SMS messaging – including video, images, audio, and synchronized multimedia integration language (SMIL) formatting as well as plain text. The great advantage of MMS is that it lets you communicate with mobile devices even if they are roaming on a network outside an AT&T coverage area. Customers don’t need data connections or plans to use MMS.
SMS – Reaches customers with targeted alerts and information and enables them to connect back to you. With SMS, users can use text messaging from mobile to your application and from your application you can send messages to one or more mobile users.
All of our APIs are focused on providing developers with better enablers to reach customers.
We are really looking forward to see what Visual Studio developers will develop with the Speech to text functionality across the great variety of devices that are being supported. We want our 100 million plus customers to have the best applications. When you think about rich applications and deep functionality, you have to look at APIs.
Want to learn more? Please join us to an educational and informative session about Microsoft Visual Studio Extensions for the AT&T API Platform webcast on September 20th. Click here to register