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London, May 17, 2007 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is celebrating its 25th anniversary of delivering innovative communications solutions to the enterprise market. Following a long legacy of being first to market with leading edge communications technologies, AVST designs its solutions to meet the evolving requirements of enterprise customers. Today, the company’s flagship CallXpress® unified communications solution uniquely supports any company’s migration to IP telephony and unified communications through extensive interoperability and future proofing capabilities and its ability to integrate with virtually any telephony or groupware combination.

Founded in 1982, AVST was first to market with an Intel server-based call processing and voice messaging platform. In the 1990’s, AVST delivered the first server-based unified messaging platform operating on the Microsoft operating system, added speech-enabled applications including auto attendant and hands-free personal assistant to its solution set, and was first to market with a voice messaging platform integrated with IVR. In the early 2000’s, AVST delivered its first IP integrations, further extending its leadership position in IP-PBX/PBX interoperability. Since 2003, AVST has extended its innovative solution set with the delivery of CallXpress 7.0, 7.5, 7.8 and, in April 2007, the announcement of CallXpress 7.9.

According to Bern Elliot, Vice President Research, Gartner, “Unified communications is not a single product, system or solution – it is a broad range of solutions that can be applied in different ways to different groups and individuals in an organisation. UC offers value in personal productivity, workgroup performance and enterprise effectiveness. Successful deployment is dependent on enterprise executives understanding how these solutions offer value and how they can improve the competitiveness of their organisation.”

AVST arms enterprise decision makers with its best-of-breed unified communications solution, CallXpress, which delivers world-class call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging, and advanced speech applications. CallXpress also offers a complete set of migration tools for customers seeking to replace their first generation products that are approaching end-of-life, like Octel® and Centigram®. This strategy enables a business or organisation to minimise its end user retraining and protect legacy telecom infrastructure investments while increasing employee productivity and effectiveness in the short term.

“The enterprise communications market has undergone many changes over the past 25 years,” said Hardy Myers, AVST’s President & CEO. “Our ability to maintain a leadership position throughout this timeframe demonstrates the strength of our technology and the trust and respect we have earned from our resellers and tens of thousands of customers worldwide.”

Always at the forefront of innovation in the industry, AVST recently announced CallXpress 7.9, making it the only UC solution provider that gives IT managers a choice of four different UM architectures based on the current and evolving compliance, confidentiality and capacity requirements of their business. When deploying CallXpress 7.9, IT managers can choose between server-based, client-based, secure and simplified unified messaging architectures or mix and match architectures based on individual or departmental requirements. This unprecedented flexibility makes CallXpress the ideal UC solution for businesses of all sizes.

“Consistent with our vision built upon 25 years of innovation and customer focus, we will maintain our leadership role by educating the marketplace about the benefits of next generation communications and by building the most cutting edge, open and extensible solutions on the market that are designed to fulfil the continuously changing communications requirements of enterprises and their workforces,” added Myers.

For more information contact Paul Cheslaw, Vice President & General Manager, EMEA on 0870 444 8403 or access the company's website at www.avst.com.

About AVST:

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of second generation communications solutions including voice messaging, unified messaging, speech-enabled applications (including automated attendant and hands-free mobile worker access), and call processing (including embedded IVR).

The CallXpress unified communications platform is designed to facilitate the enterprise migration from legacy TDM call processing and voice mail solutions to IP-enabled unified communications by delivering the interoperability, scalability, feature depth and flexibility, and administrative capabilities that enterprise IT and Telecom teams are demanding.

Headquartered in Orange County, CA, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, WA and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 38,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST’s unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners.

For more information contact Paul Cheslaw, Vice President & General Manager, EMEA on 0870 444 8403 or access the company's website at www.avst.com.

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