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IBM INTRODUCES TWO POWERFUL SPEECH RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

 SOMERS, N.Y., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The IBM Personal Computer Company North America today announced the two newest members in the IBM Speech Recognition Family, VoiceType Control for Windows and VoiceType 2. These new, affordable products will enable desktop users to drive their applications faster and easier, or dictate memos or letters, by simply speaking to their computers.
 "Today's announcement means tremendous productivity gains for exit?ing customers and opens up the world of computing to a whole new population of users," said Jonathan Langley, manager of Integrated Solutions, IBM PC Company North America."
 VoiceType Control for Windows offers customers with a 386SX processor and above the ability to manipulate the Windows 3.1 environment and existing Windows 3.1 applications with simple voice commands, such as "File Save," "Font Bold" and "Next Window." For example, a user can start up and swap applications, edit and print files, change fonts -- all without touching a keyboard or mouse. The result is a faster, easier and more intuitive way to operate Windows 3.1 applications such as Lotus 1-2-3, Pagemaker and others.
 VoiceType Control for Windows, which costs only $129.00 and works with Sound Blaster audio cards, is speaker independent, meaning virtually anyone can begin using it immediately. It has built-in support for 10 Windows applets and 11 business applications, and an editing function that allows the user to add vocabulary to support other applications. A built-in 64 command vocabulary for each application provides the end user with basic commands to move from task to task.
 Greg VandenDries, Vice President of Sales, Creative Labs. Inc., said, "IBM's announcement opens up exciting new business audio applications for Sound Blaster boards."
 VoiceType 2 is designed for general dictation and input to DOS applications, and allows users to continue to control their existing applications, such as word processing, databases or spreadsheet, simply by using their voice. It comes ready to use with many popular software products such as Quicken, WordPerfect 5.1, dBase and more. You can also add commands to run your own applications.
 Running on 386SX and above PCs, with the IBM M-Audio Capture and Playback Adapter, VoiceType 2 automatically adapts to a speaker's unique voice pattern and allows for accents and other individual speech characteristics. This adaptability - along with a 100,000 word dictionary - helps the system recognize your spoken words and spell them correctly. A 7,000-word active vocabulary allows users to add new words and commands, a big plus when a customized vocabulary for a specific job or industry is required. (VoiceType 2 can create up to 1,000 keystrokes with one voice command.)
 VoiceType 2 operates under DOS, the DOS prompt under Windows 3.1 or a DOS session under OS/2 2.0. It is priced at $ 2195.00.
 Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Janet Baker, president of Dragon Systems, said, "We applaud IBM's leadership role in offering affordable speech recognition products incorporating Dragon Systems' technology for PC users everywhere - making computers more fun to use and easier to access."
 VoiceType Control for Windows and VoiceType 2 were developed by Dragon Systems, Inc., of Newton, Mass., in conjunction with IBM Boca Raton, Fla.
 Both products will be available May 28, 1993.
 VoiceType is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 IBM and OS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
 Windows and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 Sound Blaster is a trademark of Creative Labs, Inc.
 Dragon Systems is a trademark of Dragon Systems, Inc.
 Quicken is a registered trademark of Intuit.
 Lotus and 1-2-3 are registered trademarks of Lotus Development.
 WordPerfect is a registered trademark of WordPerfect Corporation.
 PageMaker is a registered trademark of Aldus Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Ralph Hammock of IBM, 914-642-5464/
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