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IBM Brings the Power of Translation to Devices

ViaVoice Software Gives Mobile Workers and Travelers Fast, Easy, Translation of Multiple Languages

LA JOLLA, Calif. - 23 Sep 2002: IBM today announced ViaVoice Translator -- affordable consumer machine translation software that enables speedy and convenient language translation on handheld computers. Built on technology from IBM's award-winning WebSphere Translation Server, ViaVoice Translator allows users to enter text in one language and have it returned in another language either as text or read out as speech.

The software provides dynamic, two-way text and speech translation from English to French, Italian, German and Spanish, providing travelers and mobile workers with a fast and easy way to read e-mails, downloaded news, directions, road signs, etc, in those languages. Available online and through retail outlets, the ViaVoice Translator runs on selected Compaq iPAQ PocketPC handheld computers.

Unlike phrase or dictionary translation, which are limited to specific words or sentences, machine translation allows users to dynamically translate longer documents, providing added flexibility. Documents are translated in context -- an increasingly important function as more and more handhelds are used to download news, work-related e-mails, and lifestyle information as well as for calendar and contact information.

In addition to allowing users to enter text from scratch, the software also offers 50 pre-loaded "starter sentences" such as "Where is the train station?" or "I would like to exchange money." Text can also be active- synched from the desktop, from a soft keyboard or from a handwriting recognizer directly into the iPAQ. It can also be copied and pasted from any text-based document such as Pocket Word or e-mail. The translation can either be read out loud using IBM's embedded text-to-speech technology or displayed as text.

ViaVoice Translator can be purchased as a download from ibm.com or as a CD from retail outlets. IBM's machine translation technology is also available on the server, via IBM's WebSphere Translation Server. WTS allows for machine translation for web pages, documents, as well as instant messages via Lotus Sametime.

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*IBM and ViaVoice are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and/ or other countries. All statements regarding IBM's future direction or intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Prices are subject to change without notice, dealer prices may vary.

Contact(s) information

Geraldine Kan
IBM Media Relations
+1-914-766-3284
gkan@us.ibm.com

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