IBM ViaVoice Brings Home the Gold

IBM Speech Recognition Technology Receives Best New Software Product for 1998 Award From the American Marketing Association

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March 22 - 22 Mar 1999: Somers, NY . . . IBM's ViaVoice 98 Executive took the spotlight winning the Gold Edison Award for Best New Software Product of 1998. According to analyst firm Marketing Intelligence Service, Ltd., 1998 saw more than 25,000 new products introduced. The Edison Awards recognize leaders in innovation among these new products.

"IBM talked to thousands of users and leveraged its experience developing powerful speech recognition technologies to create a product that makes it possible for people to interact with their PCs in the most natural way - using their voice," said W.S. "Ozzie" Osborne, general manager of IBM Speech Systems. "Attention to the user experience is what we believe sets ViaVoice 98 apart from all other speech recognition offerings in the marketplace."

More than 4,000 senior marketing and advertising executives across the United States participated in the Edison Awards selection process. Award-winning products and services were recognized for marketplace and technological innovation, marketplace success, market structure innovation and societal impact.

"In a year of intense competition, with so many exciting and unique products being brought to market, to be voted as among the best and to receive the prestigious Edison Award, is truly a major accomplishment," noted American Marketing Association acting chief executive officer Les Girolami.

IBM is a leader in the development of natural language continuous speech products for desktop and enterprise platforms. ViaVoice 98 lets users perform all of the tasks that a keyboard and mouse perform, but with the ease and simplicity of voice. With one of the largest vocabularies on the market, users can dictate directly into PC applications, as well as control and navigate their computer using their natural speech. ViaVoice 98 also has a text-to-speech function that enables the PC to read back e-mail and other documents to the user. In addition to the shrinkwrap desktop software, ViaVoice is the speech technology of choice for many independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs) developing next generation speech-enabled products.

The Gold Edison Award is one of many industry accolades for ViaVoice. In 1998, IBM's ViaVoice speech recognition software won more than 35 awards worldwide, including a five star rating from PC Computing (U.S.), Nikkei Newspaper's "Best Product of the Year" (Japan), PC Actual's "Readers' Choice Award" (Spain), PC Expert's "Technical Excellence Award" (France) and the NetWeek China"Best Technology Award."

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