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Listen Up! IBM's ViaVoice Named Best New Product for the Mac

New York Times Includes ViaVoice for Mac on Most Wanted Top 10 Business Software List

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SAN JOSE, Calif - 18 May 2000: -- IBM's (NYSE: IBM) ViaVoice Millennium Edition 1.0 for Macintosh was named "Best New Product" for the Mac Operating System (OS) by the 5th annual Apple Design Awards.

ViaVoice for Mac has also been chosen by the New York Times as one of the Most Wanted top 10 titles for business software in 2000.

Presented at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose this week, the Apple Design Awards celebrate the accomplishments of developers' extraordinary work to make the Mac OS one of the easiest to use on the planet. In addition, IBM's ViaVoice for Mac has been listed twice on the New York Times recommended list of business software.

IBM's ViaVoice for Mac US version, announced in December 1999, was the first-to-market continuous speech recognition software for the Macintosh platform, providing Mac users with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface to perform everyday computer tasks, such as creating e-mail and editing documents, by speaking. UK English, French and German versions of ViaVoice for Mac have also been announced and the Japanese version is expected to be released in June 2000.

"Our ViaVoice for Mac solution is a key member of our ViaVoice family of products and is part of our continuing effort to make it easier and more natural for people to interact with their computers," said Krishna Nathan, director of consumer voice systems, IBM Voice Systems. " Receiving this recognition not only validates the importance of voice technology for the Mac community, but also reinforces the market's eagerness to adopt voice technologies as the interface for all computing."

With more than 30 years in research and development, 150 patents and 250 researchers, IBM is a leader in speech recognition technology. With more than 10 million users, IBM is the only company to offer its speech recognition technology on all of the most popular desktop operating platforms -- Windows, Linux and Macintosh. Using voice as an interface will dramatically improve the way people interact with computers and drive the evolution of transparent computing -- making the human-to-machine interaction easier and more natural.

For more information about IBM Voice Systems visit http://www.ibm.com/software/speech. To find out more about the Apple Design Awards, click to http://www.apple.com/developer/wwdc2000/designawards.

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