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IBM and Apple Demonstrate ViaVoice for Macintosh

Speech Recognition Software for the Macintosh Simplifies Routine Tasks

MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK - 21 Jul 1999: -- IBM and Apple today demonstrated IBM's ViaVoice, the first continuous speech recognition software for the Macintosh® platform. Based on IBM's award-winning technology, ViaVoice for Macintosh will give users an intuitive, easy-to-use interface to perform a number of everyday computer tasks, such as creating email and editing documents.

"We are very pleased that IBM is working to bring its world-class speech recognition software to the Macintosh platform," said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. "ViaVoice will enable Mac customers to interact with software applications in the most natural way possible -- simply by speaking."

"Our work with Apple underscores IBM's initiative to bring its award-winning speech recognition technology to today's most popular operating platforms, such as the Macintosh," said W.S. "Ozzie" Osborne, general manager of IBM Speech Systems. "With ViaVoice for Macintosh, consumers will benefit from IBM's easy-to-use conversational interface and the user-friendly Macintosh platform."

Recently named "Best Software of the Year" by the American Marketing Association, IBM's ViaVoice technology has one of the largest recognition vocabularies on the market. ViaVoice for Macintosh will provide a hands-free interface that lets users perform functions such as creating email and editing documents. The product also integrates Apple's text-to-speech function that lets Apple computers read text back to the user. The first editions of ViaVoice for Macintosh, available in U.S. and UK English, are scheduled to be released later this year. Other languages are also planned. Pricing and additional product details will be available at product introduction.

Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original mission -- to bring the best personal computing products and support to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers, businesspersons and consumers in over 140 countries around the world.

IBM speech recognition technology is based on 30 years of speech recognition research and development. With a portfolio of more than 100 patents, an established R&D business that includes researchers worldwide and a robust, proven speech technology available in many languages, IBM is a leader in speech recognition. For more information about IBM Speech Systems, visit the World Wide Web at http://www.software.ibm.com/speech.

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Contact(s) information

Kristin Wahl
IBM
415-545-4104
kwahl@us.ibm.com

Matthew Hutchison
Apple
(408) 974-6877
hutchison@apple.com

Kara Martel
IBM
617-587-2824
kmartel@brodeur.com

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