Dragon 16 – Dragon Professional 16 Full Version


Released in February 2023, Nuance® Dragon® Professional 16 is a speech recognition software ideal for boosting productivity on the PC. It offers highly accurate dictation and transcription for documents, saving time and increasing accuracy. Dragon Professional 16 is suitable for all individual and professional uses across a wide variety of professions and has the benefit of improved and more accurate speech recognition technology than other versions.

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Dragon Professional 16

Please note that this page is for Dragon Professional 16 Full Version VLA (Volume Licence Agreement) or Perpetual in English. Please also see the section at the bottom of the page on Versions, Licences, Pricing models and other languages.

*Please see note at Purchasing the different licences  at the bottom of the page regarding purchasing VLA (Volume Licence Agreement, similar to DPG 15 previously) licences as opposed to Perpetual licenses (similar to DPI 15 previously)
** Please see note on VAT exemption at the bottom of the page regarding purchasing VAT exempt in the UK if you are disabled.

Dragon Professional 16 should be a mandatory purchase for everyone that wants to increase their productivity and start speaking their thoughts, not typing them.

You can find additional information in Nuance’s Dragon FAQs (please note that the Nuance FAQs will open in a new tab, switch back to this tab to continue browsing the Speech Computing website.

Features of Dragon Professional 16

Automate Business Processes

Create macros to automate multi-step workflows or business processes via simple voice commands.

Optimised for Microsoft Windows 11

Dragon is now optimized for Windows 11 and extends Windows 11’s accessibility experience to document creation and command & control functionality.

Accents and noisier environments

Accuracy can now be achieved for speakers with different accents or for those in slightly noisy environments such as cubicles.

Lower the risk of repetitive strain injuries

Dragon prevents repetitive strain injuries by offering a comfortable, ergonomic alternative to the keyboard and mouse.

Dragon 16 Product Description 

Dragon Professional 16 eliminates barriers to productivity and creativity by letting you interact with your computer by voice. It turns your spoken thoughts into text and your voice commands into action so you don’t have to worry about the mechanics of typing and spelling. Make edits and apply formatting using your voice to make easy work of document creation.

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Maximum efficiency

Imagine saying “Insert Signature” and Dragon fills in your contact details or dictating industry-specific terminology and Dragon types every word correctly – every time. With advanced personalization features, like the ability to create Custom Commands and import Custom Vocabularies, Dragon Professional intelligently adapts to the way you work for big productivity gains.

Dragon continually adapts to your voice, allowing for better accuracy, and you can customise words and commands to reflect your personal preferences. You can also short-cut repetitive processes using simple voice commands.

Dictate anywhere, transcribe back at your desktop

Don’t fall behind on paperwork due to business travel if your preference is to work with a recorder by voice. With Dragon Professional and a Nuance-approved digital voice recorder, you can record your voice into an audio file and Dragon will automatically transcribe the recordings when you connect to your desktop.

  • No more scribbling notes on paper; record thoughts and ideas on the go.
  • Improve documentation accuracy by capturing more detailed notes
  • Save time and eliminate reliance on costly transcription services
  • Another option to stay productive no matter where your job takes you

What’s New for Dragon Professional 16

Optimised for Windows 11

Dragon Professional 16 supports both Windows 11 and 10 operating systems.

Best-in-class accessibility

Dragon software has been well-known for its adaptations for those with physical and cognitive disabilities and this latest upgrade furthers this with new features such as the ability to use Mouse Grid on multiple monitors.

Built with accessibility requirements in mind, Dragon can be easily adapted to meet precise compliance requirements for accessibility or industry reporting. The new Dragon Professional 16 is perfect for helping organizations of all sizes take full advantage of their workforce and for building an inclusive workplace.

  • Mouse Grid on multiple monitors is critical in increasing the efficiency of those with physical disabilities working with a large amount of information
  • Still stocked with longstanding accessibilities like “Play That Back” proofreading of dictated text, Dragon Professional 16 sets a new standard for accessibility functionality

Faster and more accurate than ever

Dragon Professional 16 is a next-generation speech engine and brings continual consistent accuracy to the PC with Deep Learning technology. The technology continuously adjusts to your voice or environmental variations, even while dictating.

Dragon Professional 16 provides:

  • Best ever locally running desktop recognition accuracy
  • Continuous learning – even during dictation – for individually adapted accuracy improvements that enhance the user experience
  • Optimal accuracy achieved for speakers with accents or in slightly noisy environments such as in a cubicle environment

Support for the latest applications

Another benefit to being a Microsoft company is access to the latest applications for the purpose of integration and support. Dragon’s effectiveness is tied to how well it integrates with other applications, therefore it is critical that Dragon supports the latest versions just as it’s critical that you have the most current version of Dragon.

Dragon Professional 16 provides:

  • New support for Office 2021 while still supporting Office 2016/2019
  • New support for Microsoft Teams commands
  • New support for “Modern Comments” in Microsoft Word dictation
  • New support for Corel WordPerfect 2021

PowerMic 4 Support

The Nuance PowerMic 4 is a microphone and mouse in one. It is designed as a robust, ergonomic handheld microphone with simplified thumb-control operation, programmable buttons, and integrated mouse functionality. The PowerMic 4 takes personal productivity to all new heights with the integration of a larger pointing device, a high pass filter, and added programable buttons.

  • Dragon Professional 16 joins Dragon Medical One and Dragon Professional Anywhere as a supported application

Improved high-resolution monitor support

Dragon Professional 16 has been enhanced to support common hardware configurations including those with high-resolution monitors. Yet another example of Dragon staying ahead of the technology curve.

Versions, Upgrades, Pricing Models, Languages

Dragon Professional 16 will no longer offer Dragon Professional Individual (DPI) and Dragon Professional Group (DPG) versions but there will simply be one product called Dragon Professional 16. However, there will be different licensing models including a perpetual licence (similar to DPI previously) and there will also be a subscription/enterprise model based on volume licensing (similar to DPG previously). You can still purchase the VLA licence for a single user but you must supply a company email address and company details on the checkout form. See further info below. Both VLA and perpetual licenses will be the same price.

Dragon Professional 16 will initially be available, from February 28, in English & German and further language editions will be available on March 28th in French, Spanish, Dutch & Italian, for further info on purchasing these European language versions contact us at any time.

The main difference between the different licences being that with the single user (perpetual) licence, you will not be able to connect up to the NMS (Nuance Management Server) is no reason to have the NMC (Nuance Managements Centre) admin to manage a single user of Dragon version 16.  You will also be restricted to 1 or 2 activations with the single-user (perpetual) licence.

There will also be an academic version available in the coming months but the Home edition will be discontinued. There will also be a Dragon Legal 16 version for the USA & Germany. For Legal users in the UK, we suggest Dragon Legal Anywhere(DLA).

The only upgrade path available will be from Dragon Professional 15 products. Dragon Professional 15 products will no longer be available from 27 February 2023.

Dragon Professional 16 Licences

*If you require the Dragon Pro 16 VLA upgrade then you must specify your company details on the checkout form and on the additional information notes of the checkout form specify VLA. You must also give a valid business email address (NHS email addresses are valid business email addresses).

If for any reason Nuance does not accept your business details, and consequently we are unable to issue you with a VLA licence, you will be entitled to a full refund or we can issue you with a Dragon Pro 16 Perpetual licence. Free mail addresses are not acceptable e.g. Gmail, Hotmail.

VAT exemption

**If you are purchasing in the UK then VAT will be applied automatically. If you are purchasing from outside the UK, e.g. the EU or the rest of the world, make sure you put your country of residence on the checkout form and VAT will not be applied.

If you are registered disabled in the UK you should contact Support where you can be invoiced VAT exempt on completion of, or submission of a VAT exemption form.

Additional information

License Model

Perpetual, VLA


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