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Active Voice Announces Availability of its New Kinesis Windows® 2000-Based Communications Server

Active Voice to Demonstrate Kinesis at COMDEX

(Seattle, Washington, USA - November 11, 2002 – Active Voice, LLC, a global provider of unified messaging, computer telephony and voice messaging solutions, today announced that it will begin accepting customer orders for its new Kinesis Windows® 2000-based communications server on November 25, 2002. Active Voice will demonstrate Kinesis at COMDEX in Las Vegas, on November 18-22, booth #137 in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion.

"As the unified messaging market continues to grow and Internet Protocol (IP) telephony solutions become more prominent, Active Voice is well-positioned to deliver powerful, next-generation communications solutions that meet the needs of businesses of all sizes," said Victor T. Foia, Active Voice's president and chief executive officer. "With Kinesis, we are proud to deliver a unified messaging solution especially designed to meet the unique requirements of large enterprises-superior reliability, advanced functionality, and enhanced security."

Kinesis Gives Control to Users
Kinesis gives users the ability to access their voice, fax and e-mail messages from the Microsoft® Outlook® inbox, where the information can be managed from a PC, telephone or the Internet. Its optional ViewCall® module allows users to handle live telephone traffic from the desktop. Users can also access their calendars and listen and reply to e-mail using the latest Text-to-Speech technology. The intuitive Kinesis Assistant web browser interface enables users to customize their personal mailbox settings from the desktop, in addition to using the telephone user interface (TUI). With increased message access and real-time call control, business professionals are able to provide exceptional customer service and quickly share information across the company.

Kinesis and Exchange Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Kinesis is ideal for companies that are looking for a system that fits into their Microsoft Exchange® environment. It harnesses the power and reliability of Exchange 2000 and 5.5, along with Windows 2000, to provide simplified administration, a single directory service and a single message store. Through superior Windows 2000 performance, extensive use of Microsoft BackOffice® components, an intuitive Web browser-style interface, and the use of streaming media, Kinesis's architecture minimizes installation, administration, and maintenance costs-making life easier for system administrators and lowering an organization's total cost of ownership.

"We are excited to offer Active Voice's Kinesis to our customers," said Gordon Maccani of Digital Telecommunications, a top Active Voice reseller in Los Angeles, California. "Kinesis represents a complete unified messaging solution that can integrate with a variety of switches. It opens the door to selling a high-end unified messaging product that is not strictly sold as an add-on to a telephone system."

Kinesis is Convergence-Ready
Kinesis is designed for customers who face the challenge of converging their voice and data networks. Unlike most other unified messaging solutions available today, Kinesis is convergence-ready. It supports both traditional and IP telephone systems, as well as combined IP/PBX environments, meeting the needs of organizations as they migrate to IP telephony.

"Our strength is our ability to bridge the gap between traditional telephony and IP telephony," added Foia. "Many companies may not move to IP-only networks in a single step, preferring instead a gradual migration. Our Kinesis unified messaging solution enables organizations to follow this strategy by interfacing equally well with traditional and IP switches."

Unified Messaging Market Forecasts
The unified messaging market is growing considerably, and industry analysts such as IDC predict that the number of worldwide users - currently at 5.3 million - will nearly quadruple to 19.9 million by 2006. Frost & Sullivan anticipates that unified messaging revenue in North America will rise to $488 million in 2006 - up from $100 million in 2001. Meanwhile, the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) recently reported that unified messaging was the fastest growing segment in the voice processing market in 2001.

About AVST

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions.

Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure.

Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future.

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