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Ready-to-Run Software Completes Text-to-Speech Product Migration for SpeechWorks International

Migration Expands Leading Text-To-Speech Engine’s Potential Customer Reach

Chelmsford, MA. – December 14, 2001 -- Ready-to-Run Software (RTR) has announced completion of a cross-platform migration project for SpeechWorks International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPWX), a global leader in speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) technologies and services. This project required RTR to provide engineering services in support of the migration of the Speechify™ text-to-speech engine from Linux to Windows NT/2000 and Sun® Solaris®.

SpeechWorks’ Speechify is a next-generation text-to-speech (TTS) engine that surpasses the mechanical sound of other TTS systems and sets the standard for pleasant, understandable and natural-sounding synthesized speech. Speechify can speed application deployment and reduce costs by eliminating the time and expense of audio studio recordings. Leading enterprise and government organizations have selected Speechify to provide information to millions of callers including America Online, Microsoft, National Weather Service and Yahoo!.

"We selected RTR because of their cross-platform expertise and their ability to deliver under a very tight schedule", said Bill Ledingham, vice president of product development at SpeechWorks. "We were very pleased with the quality of their deliverables and the significant contributions that their team made on this project."

"RTR is very pleased to help expand the market for the Speechify text-to-speech engine," said Jeff Moskow, CEO of Ready-to-Run Software. "This work supports the objective of enabling the wide availability of a leading-edge speech application through deployment across multiple platforms. This opportunity is representative of how the strength of RTR in cross-platform expertise and tools can be leveraged. We are certainly excited about Speechify and are confident that companies will respond positively to this new and cost-effective standard using dynamic, automated and personalized speech delivery."

About SpeechWorks

Through the power of SpeechWorks technologies, the human voice is all a caller needs to access instant information and conduct transactions from any landline or wireless phone. Around the world, customer service innovators such as America Online, United Airlines and Yahoo! are realizing returns on SpeechWorks applications that consistently delight and serve customers 24 hours a day. With over 100 partners, SpeechWorks (Nasdaq: SPWX) delivers natural language speech recognition, speaker verification and text-to-speech (TTS) solutions to leading corporations, telecommunications providers and government organizations worldwide. For a description of SpeechWorks products, services and unique customer programs such as the SpeechWorks Here™ Guarantee call 617.428.4444 or visit www.speechworks.com.

 

About Ready-to-Run Software

Ready-to-Run Software is the industry leader in cross-platform and software porting services helping companies migrate and support their solutions across various platforms, operating systems, architectures and technologies. Operating since 1991, RTR clients include companies such as IBM Corporation, Microsoft, 3M Corporation, Sun Microsystems, America Online, Agilent, Alcatel, TRW, and SpeechWorks International.

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SpeechWorks, Speechify and SpeechWorks Here are trademarks or registered trademarks of SpeechWorks International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

 
 
 
 

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