Microsoft to License SpeechWorks' Speechify Engine

SpeechWorks to Support Microsoft Speech API 5.0



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 5 /PRNewswire/ --
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced a licensing agreement with
 SpeechWorks International Inc. (Nasdaq:   SPWX), a leader in the network-based
 speech technology industry. Under the agreement, Microsoft licensed
 SpeechWorks' Speechify text-to-speech (TTS) engine, a technology that makes it
 possible for text-based information such as e-mail, news and other dynamic
 content to be read to callers automatically. Due to its highly natural sound
 quality, the Speechify engine can improve speech-activated services that allow
 consumers to obtain information and complete transactions over any phone.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "This agreement with SpeechWorks, an innovative speech technology leader,
 is consistent with Microsoft's vision for empowering people any time, any
 place and on any device," said Kai-Fu Lee, vice president of the .NET Services
 Group at Microsoft. "The Speechify text-to-speech engine has established
 itself as a leading technology for converting text to speech for telephony
 service users."
     SpeechWorks' technology aims to have content as accessible from mobile
 devices as it is from today's computer-based Web browsers.
     "We are pleased that Microsoft has chosen to license our technology," said
 Stuart R. Patterson, CEO of SpeechWorks. "Microsoft's selection of SpeechWorks
 is an exciting endorsement of our speech technologies as the interface of
 choice for mobile phones and other devices."
     In addition, SpeechWorks' Speechify text-to-speech engine will support the
 latest version of the Microsoft(R) speech application programming interface
 (SAPI 5.0) in order to help a large number of existing SAPI developers support
 telephony speech applications and services.
     "We are pleased to see SpeechWorks support SAPI 5.0, an open speech
 platform that brings application developers and engine developers together to
 expedite speech application deployment," said Lee.
 
     About SpeechWorks
     Organizations worldwide rely on SpeechWorks to delight their callers and
 provide them with a new level of service over the phone. Complementing the
 self-service model of e-business, SpeechWorks speech recognition solutions,
 including the revolutionary SpeechSite product, Speechify text-to-speech
 engine and SpeechSecure authentication module, let customers direct their
 calls, obtain information and complete transactions automatically, simply by
 speaking naturally over any phone, any time.
     SpeechWorks customers include some of the world's most sophisticated
 customer service innovators such as America Online, First Union National Bank,
 Microsoft, Thrifty Car Rental and United Airlines. SpeechWorks is
 headquartered in Boston and has offices around the world. Learn more about the
 speech industry at http://www.globalspeechday.com/ , a free Web event on
 May 2.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 5 /PRNewswire/ --
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced a licensing agreement with
 SpeechWorks International Inc. (Nasdaq:   SPWX), a leader in the network-based
 speech technology industry. Under the agreement, Microsoft licensed
 SpeechWorks' Speechify text-to-speech (TTS) engine, a technology that makes it
 possible for text-based information such as e-mail, news and other dynamic
 content to be read to callers automatically. Due to its highly natural sound
 quality, the Speechify engine can improve speech-activated services that allow
 consumers to obtain information and complete transactions over any phone.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "This agreement with SpeechWorks, an innovative speech technology leader,
 is consistent with Microsoft's vision for empowering people any time, any
 place and on any device," said Kai-Fu Lee, vice president of the .NET Services
 Group at Microsoft. "The Speechify text-to-speech engine has established
 itself as a leading technology for converting text to speech for telephony
 service users."
     SpeechWorks' technology aims to have content as accessible from mobile
 devices as it is from today's computer-based Web browsers.
     "We are pleased that Microsoft has chosen to license our technology," said
 Stuart R. Patterson, CEO of SpeechWorks. "Microsoft's selection of SpeechWorks
 is an exciting endorsement of our speech technologies as the interface of
 choice for mobile phones and other devices."
     In addition, SpeechWorks' Speechify text-to-speech engine will support the
 latest version of the Microsoft(R) speech application programming interface
 (SAPI 5.0) in order to help a large number of existing SAPI developers support
 telephony speech applications and services.
     "We are pleased to see SpeechWorks support SAPI 5.0, an open speech
 platform that brings application developers and engine developers together to
 expedite speech application deployment," said Lee.
 
     About SpeechWorks
     Organizations worldwide rely on SpeechWorks to delight their callers and
 provide them with a new level of service over the phone. Complementing the
 self-service model of e-business, SpeechWorks speech recognition solutions,
 including the revolutionary SpeechSite product, Speechify text-to-speech
 engine and SpeechSecure authentication module, let customers direct their
 calls, obtain information and complete transactions automatically, simply by
 speaking naturally over any phone, any time.
     SpeechWorks customers include some of the world's most sophisticated
 customer service innovators such as America Online, First Union National Bank,
 Microsoft, Thrifty Car Rental and United Airlines. SpeechWorks is
 headquartered in Boston and has offices around the world. Learn more about the
 speech industry at http://www.globalspeechday.com/ , a free Web event on
 May 2.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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