In 2001; IBM, Motorola and Opera submitted the multimodal standard X+V to the standards body W3C... Multimodal technology allows the interchangeable use of multiple forms of input and output, such as voice commands, keypads, or stylus -- in the same interaction.
Nice find! Last year I spent 7 hours on a plane talking with a *relatively* senior manager at IBM. He pointed out that IBM has a long-term strategy of partnering, nurturing (and buying) strong companies -- especially companies that have a shot at being an alternative to Microsoft in almost any area of computer technology at all.
He told me that IBM is big (yeah, we got that part!) and so they move a bit slowly. But they do have a long term game plan that they feel will force Microsoft to share their toys and play nice. Cozying up to a sharpie like Opera would make a lot of sense.