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AVST Live! Provides Wider Audience with Tools to Make Educated Decisions About Migrating to Second Generation Enterprise Communications Solutions


London, December 14, 2004 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of second generation communications solutions for the enterprise market, today announced plans to open its Web seminar series titled “AVST Live!” to the general public. The series, which is presented live, will also be available on demand at a later time. It will provide a forum for AVST to educate a wider audience about the benefits of unified communications as well as demonstrate the capabilities of its powerful solutions.

Since May 2004, AVST has offered AVST Live! to its worldwide network of more than 150 resellers and its growing list of customers. Responding to the increased demand for quick and easy access to live presentations focusing on product features, functionality and current industry topics, AVST Live! has provided real-time access to content that helps resellers market AVST’s solutions to their customer base and helps customers better understand the company’s products and services as well as AVST’s position on current industry issues.

Starting December 15, 2004, AVST Live! will be geared towards, marketed and accessible to a larger audience—anyone who is interested in learning about a wide range of unified communications topics, from unified messaging to advanced speech applications. The presentations will feature case studies and provide access to white papers, checklists and ROI calculators. The goal is to arm participants with the tools they need to make educated decisions about migrating from legacy voice mail systems to second generation communications solutions.

“AVST Live! offers a collaborative environment in which to demonstrate, in a hands-on manner, the power of our products,” said Denny Michael, AVST Vice President of Marketing. “These Web seminars not only educate participants about the benefits of unified communications, but also provide them with the ability to see our technology in action, chat with a consulting professional and interact with their peers.”

The first AVST Live! Web seminar, titled “Octel Replacement – Know Your Options” will be presented by AVST on Wednesday 15 December at 10:00 a.m. US pacific time, 02:00 am UK time. Addressing the needs of its UK and global audience, the AVST Live! format eliminates time zone constraints by giving users the option to view the live interactive presentations or access these presentations on demand at a later time via an online archive. Upcoming sessions will be announced shortly and include a variety of topics.

Each AVST Live! Web seminar consists of a 30 to 45 minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. To attend the December 15 session, please visit www.avstgroup.com.

About AVST
Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of enterprise communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, and its innovative speech applications module, Seneca™, AVST offers the industry’s most powerful suite of enterprise communications solutions. AVST’s solutions enable direct access to an enterprise’s communications infrastructure including voice mail, e-mail and fax messaging from any voice or data device via a touch-tone, GUI or speech interface. Established in September 2003, AVST was formed from the combined businesses of Sound Advantage (established in 1997) and the CallXpress division (established in 1982) of Captaris, Inc.
Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, AVST maintains facilities in Bellevue, WA and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 34,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST’s communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Paul Donaldson, Regional Director on 0870 444 8403 or access the company's website at www.avstgroup.com.

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