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Active Voice Launches its New Kinesis Unified Communications Solution

True Unified Messaging Solution Supports Microsoft® Exchange®5.5 and 2000

Seattle, Washington, USA - January 29, 2003 – Active Voice, LLC, a global provider of unified messaging, computer telephony and voice messaging solutions, today announced the release of its new unified communications solution for large enterprises based on Microsoft® Exchange®.

Active Voice's Kinesis product uses the power and reliability of Microsoft Exchange 5.5 and 2000, along with Windows®2000, to deliver voice mail and unified messaging into a Microsoft BackOffice® environment. The Kinesis solution gives users the ability to access their voice, fax and e-mail messages from the Microsoft Outlook® inbox, where the information can be managed via the telephone, desktop computer or Web browser.

"The release of Kinesis represents our commitment to developing and delivering innovative communications solutions for today's global enterprises," said Victor T. Foia, Active Voice's president and chief executive officer. "Kinesis is a 'true' unified system that features one message store, one directory and simplified administration. It is the best solution to reduce disparate systems, eliminate duplicate tasks and provide superior up-time."

The Kinesis product is ideal for companies that are looking for a system that fits into their Exchange environment. "Because Kinesis is built using BackOffice components, it uses what system administrators already know about their networks and helps to lower the total cost of ownership," added Foia.

With the Kinesis solution, users can efficiently access and manage their daily communications from the PC, telephone or Internet in a variety of ways. Kinesis offers Active Voice's ViewCall® module that allows users to handle live telephone traffic from the desktop. In addition, Kinesis integrates with third party fax applications to let users direct fax messages to the nearest fax machine. Users can also access their calendars and listen and reply to e-mail using the latest Text-to-Speech technology. The Kinesis web assistant allows users to customize their personal mailbox settings from the desktop, or by using the telephone user interface. With increased message access and real-time call control, business professionals are able to quickly share information with co-workers and promptly respond to customers' needs.

Unlike most other unified messaging solutions available today, Active Voice's Kinesis product is convergence-ready. "Kinesis works with traditional telephone systems, which protects your current investment, and it works with the new IP telephone systems, which protects your investment in the future," said Foia. "Equally important, Kinesis can work with both types of telephone systems simultaneously, making for a smooth transition to IP telephony." Kinesis supports both traditional and IP telephone systems including those offered by leading switch vendors such as NEC, Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, Nortel and Panasonic.

In addition, the Kinesis product offers clustering, which facilitates redundancy, provides sharing of resources and features, and enables system scalability. "With clustering, Kinesis can scale from four to several hundred ports, which is critical for supporting small businesses to very large enterprises and multi-site corporations," said Foia.

Kinesis is offered through Active Voice's strategic partners, international offices and its own dealer channel.

"Kinesis is met with great anticipation," said Rick March of Expanets, a top Active Voice reseller in Dublin, California. "Active Voice is the only unified messaging vendor that is devoting so much time to the messaging side of the business. They are offering Kinesis at very attractive price points that make it easy for companies to implement unified communications."

ViewCall is a registered trademark of Active Voice, LLC. Microsoft, Windows, Outlook, Exchange, and BackOffice are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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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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