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AVST Appoints Charles Stevens to Board of Directors

Former Senior Microsoft Executive Brings Global Business Operations and Strategic Sales and Marketing Expertise to AVST Board

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., September 28, 2006 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading developer of communications solutions for businesses of all sizes, today announced that Charles Stevens, an industry visionary, business leader, and former Microsoft Corp. executive, has joined its Board of Directors.  With over 20 years of experience in the enterprise technology market, Stevens brings a wealth of business knowledge and acumen to an already diverse group of industry experts and visionaries on AVST’s Board of Directors.

Joining Microsoft in 1984, Stevens held a variety of senior management positions in both the sales and marketing and product development groups throughout Microsoft, with particular emphasis on supporting Microsoft’s business strategy, global expansion, and enterprise sales and marketing initiatives.

“Charles’ extensive background in developing and implementing business strategies for the enterprise solutions market fits perfectly with AVST’s vision of providing best-of-breed unified communications solutions for enterprises on a global scale through the continued expansion of our distribution and technology partnerships,” said AVST’s President & CEO Hardy Myers.  “Leveraging his impressive depth of experience and expertise, Charles’ primary mission will be to provide AVST senior management with strategic advice as well as help facilitate the growth of our relationships with key distribution and technology partners, including Microsoft.  We expect to take full advantage of his counsel and guidance as we continue to accelerate the worldwide expansion of our business over the next several years.”

Stevens most recently worked in various business start-ups in Microsoft, including the Unified Communications Group and before that the Enterprise Storage and Management Group, creating new sales and marketing strategies, including a new sales model for incubation products, comprised of OEMs, VAR channels and technical solutions professionals.

Before that, Stevens was Corporate Vice President for the Enterprise and Partner Group, where he was responsible for Microsoft’s enterprise sales and partner strategy worldwide and where he developed and implemented a new enterprise solution selling model.  In this role, Stevens also managed Global Account customers and Global Systems Integrator and ISV relationships.  Before that, Stevens managed the Business Solutions Groups and Applications Developer Customer Unit, which handled vertical industry strategy and relationships with ISVs and developers.

From 1994 to 1997, Stevens was Vice President of Microsoft’s Asia region, responsible for sales, marketing, and services for Microsoft’s products in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.  Under Stevens’ leadership, the region was Microsoft’s fastest-growing geographic market, with over 100% annual growth.   Prior to 1994, Stevens managed development and marketing for database products and marketing for Microsoft Office applications and Microsoft Word and e-mail products.

Before joining Microsoft, Stevens was a Product Manager for Hewlett-Packard Co. in the Office Products Division.  A native of Great Britain and a U.S. citizen, Stevens holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Bristol University.

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.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners, please visit www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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