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AVST Achieves Microsoft Gold Messaging Competency

AVST Demonstrates Best-in-Class Capability and Market Leadership Through Demonstrated Technology Success and Customer Commitment

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., June 9, 2015 Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of best-of-breed Unified Communications (UC) software, today announced it has attained a Gold Messaging Competency demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, partners must successfully complete exams to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft Competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, meet a revenue commitment, and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

AVST is widely recognized for delivering voice and unified messaging options to support customers' compliance and confidentially requirements. For firms regulated by the SEC or FINRA, the Securities Exchange Act requires the retention of emails for at least three years. In these highly regulated industries, demand for separate storage options for voice messages and email is critical to meeting different retention policies. AVST's CX-E UC platform enables businesses to store voice messages outside of Exchange while still delivering the benefits of unified messaging. AVST also ensures voice message confidentiality by restricting the forwarding of voice messages outside the company in an Exchange unified messaging environment. In addition, CX-E delivers unified messaging for Office 365 to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption.

"Earning this Microsoft Gold Messaging Competency validates our expertise in Microsoft technologies," said AVST Chief Technology Officer Tom Minifie. "We are committed to transforming the productivity of individual workers, teams and businesses with enterprise-class UC applications that enhance Microsoft environments."

"By achieving a Gold Competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology."

Microsoft Messaging Competency

Attaining the Microsoft Messaging Competency demonstrates partner expertise in email management and server integration solutions. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support on Microsoft Exchange solutions, partners help customers create communications they can rely on without the maintenance and infrastructure costs of independently managed systems.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

For more information about AVST's solutions for Microsoft, visit www.avst.com/skypeforbusiness.

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.


Media Contact:
Stephanie Olsen
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AVST and XMedius have joined forces to offer a suite of secure enterprise-grade communications solutions, built for any industry.