AVST and Mirapoint Form Strategic Alliance to Deliver Unified Messaging Solutions to Education and Enterprise Markets

Companies Team at Annual ACUTA Tradeshow to Showcase Product Line Roadmap

LAS VEGAS, Nev., July 15, 2008Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) and Mirapoint today announce a strategic partnership to address the growing demand for scalable and secure unified messaging solutions.  The marketing and technology alliance will integrate AVST’s CallXpress® Unified Communications platform with Mirapoint’s Message Server, to provide the industry’s most scalable and cost-effective unified messaging platform.   Through the alliance, Mirapoint will provide AVST’s best-in-class unified messaging solution to its new and existing customers.  Likewise, AVST will market Mirapoint’s award-winning e-mail solution to customers looking for an alternative to their legacy e-mail platforms.

With many legacy voice mail and e-mail solutions at or near end of life, customers are seeking proven technology partners like AVST and Mirapoint to deliver next generation communications solutions that meet their requirements for interoperability, reliability, scalability and economics.    With over 500 combined customers in the Higher Education market globally, AVST and Mirapoint will showcase the new partnership this week at AVST’s booth at the Association of Information Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) annual tradeshow at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Hardy Myers, AVST’s President & CEO, “We have taken great care to develop a product line that is optimized for the education sector and we’re pleased to partner with Mirapoint.  This partnership is a direct response to an expressed need by our mutual customers for unified messaging solutions that interoperate seamlessly and leverage an existing communications infrastructure.  Mirapoint shares our vision for collaboration, efficiency and security in enterprise communications.”

With over 40,000 systems deployed worldwide, AVST’s flagship product, CallXpress, delivers the most extensive telephony and groupware interoperability available on the market today. CallXpress is uniquely designed to help customers deploy next generation communications capabilities, like unified messaging, across a heterogeneous and transitioning technology infrastructure.  The CallXpress unified messaging solution helps colleges and universities become more productive; faculty and staff can manage voice, fax and e-mail messages from any location at any time via laptop, telephone, cell phone or the Internet.

Mirapoint’s Message Server™ is the industry’s first and most reliable appliance-based secure messaging solution with over 120,000,000 mailboxes deployed worldwide.  The Message Server provides e-mail access, routing, storage, archiving and rich collaboration with 99.999 percent reliability and the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). Mirapoint delivers secure, integrated messaging solutions that enhance communication by eliminating messaging threats, fragmented infrastructures, poor performance and network attacks.

“Not only do we share a common vision in our technology approach, but the vertical markets that we serve are also complementary,” stated Jeff Witous, Mirapoint’s CEO.  “Higher education, healthcare, insurance, financial services and government are all high priorities for Mirapoint and AVST.  The ACUTA tradeshow this week is our first opportunity to jointly address one of these markets and we’re looking forward to the response we receive from this very important market segment.”

AVST and Mirapoint can be located at the AVST booth #613 from July 13-17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Demonstrations of CallXpress and the Mirapoint Message Server will be available.

About Mirapoint Software
Founded in 1997, Mirapoint Software is the market leader in appliance-based solutions for secure message networks in enterprise, service provider, and education organizations, with more than 120 million mailboxes served and secured worldwide.  Customers use Mirapoint appliances to build the messaging infrastructure that intelligently serves, secures and manages e-mail.  Mirapoint is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  For more information on Mirapoint, visit its Web site at www.mirapoint.com.

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.

About XMedius

XMedius is a global leader in the field of enterprise communications solutions. Its suite of enterprise-grade on-premises and cloud communications solutions enable businesses to benefit from secure and unified communication as well as to exchange sensitive and confidential data that meets and exceeds industry regulatory compliance requirements. Based in Montreal (Canada) with offices in Seattle (USA) and Paris (France), the company serves businesses, enterprises and service providers through a global team of customer focused employees. Its solutions are deployed worldwide in over 17,500 locations across education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and legal services sectors. For more information about XMedius and its solutions, visit www.xmedius.com.


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