I just saw this update by Peter Mahoney on the Dragon blog at Nuance. It would appear that the long long wait for 64 Bit OS support will end tomorrow with the release of 10.1.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 24, 2009: Hi Everyone – a quick update as of Tuesday, March 24. We are almost ready to release the 10.1 download builds for English Preferred ad Standard, but we are still working out a couple issues with our download process. Once we resolve any outstanding issues, we will move the download pages into our production Web environment. At this point, it looks like that will be tomorrow, Wednesday. I will continue to provide updates as the become available. Peter
Personally, I can’t wait, and I know a lot of other Dragon users and people that have purchased Dragon for a new laptop or computer only to find that it wasn’t yet supported will also be happy to get this software up and running. The bottom line is that it is great software and definitely helps with productivity, but launching it last summer with out 64 bit support was a strategic mistake as retailers and manufacturers were resetting the last of the 32 bit Vista OS’s off the shelves and out of the stores and replacing them with more powerful 64 bit machines.
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I write tutorials, white papers, and reviews of Dragon. I write them because I truly think the software is useful for many many people. I consider myself something of a product evangelist with this product because I use it myself and it does help. I’m glad that the last 7-8 months of grief are almost over so I can get back to doing what I do best with this software, showing it off and showing how it can help people like the kids in my wife’s classroom. She teaches fourth grade in a title I school and several of the children either don’t have the physical capability to write or in some cases they have mental disabilities that make the obstacles of the writing process almost insurmountable. Dragon helps them get over that barrier and keep up with the other kids in their class, in their grade, and more. If nothing else it helps them to avoid falling further behind.
I use it for the productivity boost. That boost can help a capable person do more and it can help a person with less capability do more as well!