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Jun 30, 2000, 21:11 (0 Talkback[s])


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"SpeechWorks International, Inc., the U.S. market leader in the telephony-based speech technology industry, today announced the Open Speech Web, a series of initiatives to bring together speech services in a manner that mirrors the evolution of the World Wide Web. The Open Speech Web - a network of interconnected speech services - combines technologies and products that will allow consumers to `speech-surf' or to connect to any speech-enabled application, simply by using spoken commands and the nearest phone."

"To help make the Open Speech Web a reality, SpeechWorks announced two new products, currently in beta, that will be made available as open source code to application developers: the SpeechWorks Speech Browser and SpeechLinks(TM). Both products are intended to facilitate the internetworking of speech applications on the Open Speech Web. SpeechWorks also announced two new partnerships to support the development and distribution of the new products: one with the Open Source Speech Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and the other with Net2Phone, (see related release, today June 30, 2000), a leading provider of voice-enhanced Internet communications services to individuals and businesses worldwide."

"We first outlined the vision of speech portals and speech links at Conversations '99, our user conference, last fall," said Steve Chambers, vice president of worldwide marketing, SpeechWorks. "By delivering SpeechLinks and the Speech Browser as open source code to the marketplace, we're tapping the power of the software development community to speed the build-out of the Open Speech Web."

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