The universe of speech technologies is coalescing into two giant galaxies: The .NET galaxy and the VoiceXML galaxy. Microsoft's .NET framework provides a large body of precoded solutions to common program requirements and manages the execution of programs written specifically for the framework. The VoiceXML galaxy contains many commercial platforms based on the World Wide Web Consortium's Voice Browser Working Group specifications. But some new stars are beginning to appear in the speech universe. They include: 1. gaming, 2. voice search, and 3. voice-enabled mobile devices. These new stars in the speech universe present many opportunities for using speech to make users more productive and to provide enjoyable entertainment.