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IBM Extends Voice Recognition Software Portfolio

ViaVoice For Windows Release 9 Is First To Support Microsoft Office XP

SOMERS, NY - 30 Aug 2001: - IBM has launched its latest voice recognition software --IBM ViaVoice for Windows, Release 9 - part of a family of voice recognition software that can make conversing with PCs, handheld devices, automobile systems and automated customer service systems easy and fast. ViaVoice is the first full-function voice desktop dictation program that supports Microsoft's Office XP productivity suite and provides accurate voice recognition technology for every level of user - from beginner to seasoned user. Support for the Windows XP operating system is planned for when Windows XP is available later this fall.

IBM built on its long history of providing voice solutions to produce ViaVoice for Windows, Release 9. Comprising four editions -- Pro USB, Advanced, Standard and Personal -- the product family is designed to make setup, dictation and navigation easy. New features include: * Key Control: ensures that voice commands are not mistaken for dictation;

*Quick Response dictation: allows ViaVoice to respond promptly as users create text with their voice - which means users can dictate faster

*Large Font Option: makes it easier to read training scripts to train the system more quickly

The top-of-the-line Pro USB Edition includes a stereo USB headset microphone with a digital signal processor for higher speech recognition accuracy -- the most advanced microphone ever included in a ViaVoice software product. Designed for speech recognition, this full-range stereo microphone and headset is designed for executives, professionals and writers who place a premium of fast, effective computer communications. While all editions support direct dictation into Microsoft Word 2002, the Pro USB and Advanced Editions also support Direct Dictation into the new Microsoft Office XP suite of products such as Excel and Outlook Express.

IBM's ViaVoice is part of a family of speech products that also includes IBM WebSphere Voice Server and other infrastructure software, all designed to help people communicate with machines via the most natural interface -- voice. IBM voice-enables not only PCs, but also devices such as handheld computers and phones, as well as automobiles, voice portals and automated call centers.

Pricing and Availability

ViaVoice for Windows, Release 9 in U.S. English is available today. Other language versions to become available in November 2001 will include: U.K. English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. The suggested retail price for ViaVoice for Windows Release 9, Personal Edition is $29.95; ViaVoice for Windows Release 9, Standard Edition is $59.95; ViaVoice for Windows Release 9, Advanced Edition is $109.95; and ViaVoice for Windows Release 9, Pro USB Edition is $229.95. It will be sold online through ShopIBM.com and other online vendors, as well as traditional channels that carry Windows software.

Owners of previous editions of ViaVoice and other non-IBM speech products will be eligible for a mail-in upgrade rebate if they purchase Via Voice Release 9 Pro USB Edition before February 16, 2002. There is also an introductory mail-in rebate offering on the ViaVoice for Windows Release 9 Standard Edition between August 14, 2001 and February 16, 2002 with no previous purchase required.

About IBM Voice Systems

With over 40 years of delivering voice solutions and more than 150 voice technology patents, IBM is the global leader in providing access to information through end-to-end voice integrated solutions. For more information about IBM Voice Systems, visit www.ibm.com/viavoice/.

Editors Note: The suggested retail price is subject to change without notice and dealer prices may vary.

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Contact(s) information

Geraldine Kan
IBM
914-766-1715
gkan@us.ibm.com

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