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SJ Mercury: SpeechWorks jumps into 'voice portals' via open-source software

Jun 29, 2000, 12:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter J. Howe)

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"Speech technology start-up SpeechWorks International Inc. of Boston is moving to grab a leadership position in the emerging Web 'voice portal' business, announcing it is offering a new open-source software to link speech portals to each other."

"In a move that resembles the Linux open-source software programming code movement, SpeechWorks is making public a system companies could use to develop and interconnect sites on which people call in by phone and use their voice to request news information that is then read back to them, or conduct transactions such as buying stocks and airplane tickets."

"As the start-up gears up for an initial public offering this summer, SpeechWorks officials are gambling that by giving away their so-called voice XML code, they can fuel faster growth in the voice portal business and take a big piece of a more quickly growing pie."

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