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Vocola 3 works with Windows Speech Recognition (WSR), a free component of Windows Vista and Windows 7. WSR is a good recognition engine, with comparable speed and accuracy to Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS). While WSR lacks some of the polish and documentation of DNS, it is eminently usable. Vocola addresses some important limitations of WSR; in particular it supports dictation to any application.
Vocola 3.1.1 is the latest version. See what's new for details.
Vocola 3 does not work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking; see Vocola 2.
If you've never used Windows Speech Recognition it's a good idea to spend some time getting used to it before starting with Vocola.
If you're familiar with Windows Speech Recognition but new to Vocola:
If you've used Vocola 2 but not Vocola 3: