Talk:Nuance Communications

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Scansoft Incorporated is a (primarily) Belgian-based computer software technology company focusing on productivity software.

Given that the company's headquarters are in Peabody, MA, I'm not sure how we can say that it's a "primarily Belgium-based company". It is true that there are large offices in Belgium, but there are also many employees in the U.S. as well as around the world. Their headquarters are in the U.S. so it seems that calling them a U.S.-based company would be more accurate. Nohat 22:36, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Their own page actually says that: 'Corporate headquarters are in Burlington, Mass. and Merelbeke, Belgium.' ( So its not just a U.S.-based company either (talk) 10:39, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Singular Eloquent "Technology"[edit]

This article mentions a company acquired by Nuance. It appears that the company's name was actually "Eloquent Technology, Inc."


Visioneer redirects to this page. Its unfortunate that Visioneer doesn't have a page of it's own, given that it was an independant, public company prior to its acquisition by ScanSoft. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:20, 28 March 2008 (UTC) It now a real page, but why are people thinking about merging this page? Breawycker (talk) 01:13, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Request: A brief run-down/chronology of Nuance speech products & pre-ScanSoft corp. history is necessary[edit]

Nuance's most important software are business products used for speech recognition. A simple chronology / list of their product offerings, and even the briefest of explanations / schema about how the components generally work would probably be very useful in terms of understanding what Nuance's speech rec software actually does. I know there are general wikis on speech recognition, VXML, etc but that information is lacking context when there is no real link to how this technology is actually commonly deployed in the business world, e.g., via Nuance deployments.

The current Nuance entry still profiles ScanSoft's history of corporate acquisitions and associated other products, far more than Nuance per se. For example, not a single Nuance speech product offering is listed by name (Dragon N.S. -- the consumer voice rec product inherited from ScanSoft -- doesn't really count.) This seems all the more strange given that Nuance appears to have quietly emerged as the 800-pound gorilla of the corporate speech recognition space, with virtually no serious competitors (my impression.)

Because of this, I think the Nuance entry generally bears further scrutiny. Nuance's speech offerings as well as pre-ScanSoft corporate history need to be actually listed. Quomodo 08:41, 16 July 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Nuance-Communications-logo.jpg[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 15:39, 8 March 2008 (UTC)


I do not understand why this page is perceived as an advertisement. Any suggestions as to what should change to remvoe this perception? Mike (talk) 22:20, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

I was also curious about the reasons for marking this article as advertisement. Cstejerean (talk) 22:21, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

No idea why it was added. You should take it up with the editor who did. However, the {{hangon}} tag is only used to dispute speedy deletion templates, so please don't readd it to the article. It adds the article to categories that it shouldn't be in (namely cats that say it's a speedy candidate). Cheers. --lifebaka (Talk - Contribs) 23:09, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Need a PDF Converter Article[edit]

I noticed that PDF Converter is not listed as a Nuance Communications product. So, I added a link. However, I do not feel qualified to write the article. Therefore, the link goes nowhere. I hope someone will write the article. Indinfer (talk) 19:17, 17 August 2010 (UTC)


Revenue $1,010.3 (FY2009)

only thousand $?--Palapa (talk) 11:30, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Good catch. It's millions. Here's a source you can use: Gregtheross (talk) 17:37, 14 June 2011 (UTC)
Thank you--Palapa (talk) 18:17, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Timeline consistency[edit]

I noticed that the dates used in time lines and histories are inconsistent. Most of them use the full month but some are abbreviated, mostly in the "ScanSoft history (origins)" section. Is there a timeline/history format that is deemed as "best practice" by Wikipedia? If so, let me know which way to take it and I'll make them more consistent.Gregtheross (talk) 17:31, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Conspicuous Siri denial[edit]

What we have here as a valid citation concerning the Nuance–Siri relationship is a conspicuous denial. The omerta-bound CTO denied the connection, yet hung around for another hour to continue shooting the breeze about the importance of Siri (fortunately for the CTO, Jimmy the Gent was mired under heavy traffic).

I don't really think we can justify mentioning Siri in the lead, or in a section headline, if our primary citation is a conspicuous denial.

We could, however, have a section titled "Conspicuous denial" where we write, "when asked about the industry rumour that Nuance is involved with Siri, a high-level Nuance official provided an explicit non-confirmation.

If the same CTO denied Nuance's involvement corporate embezzlement, would we create a section titled "Nuance and corporate embezzlement"? I surely don't think we would. Neither, by symmetry, this vanity plug. — MaxEnt 21:17, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Let me append a mathematical formulation:

  • Reporter questions notable executive on non-notable matter X.
  • Notable executive denies non-notable X.
  • Non-notable X incorporated into notable section title, due to the transitive broadsheet wanker algebra of notability.

My point being that non-wanker algebra is non-transitive in notability. — MaxEnt 21:23, 3 February 2017 (UTC)