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WinScribe Invited into Microsoft Ascend Program

WinScribe Invited into all Three Streams of Microsoft Ascend Program

Auckland, March 1, 2006 - WinScribe Inc, a world leading provider of digital dictation solutions has been invited to join the Microsoft Ascend program for all three major Microsoft product initiatives. WinScribe is the only software developer in New Zealand to enjoy this privilege and joins a select group of approximately 300 companies participating in the Ascend program worldwide.

The Microsoft Ascend program is designed to accelerate the process of migrating to the next generation of Microsoft technology. Currently there are several major product initiatives under way at Microsoft; Microsoft Vista – their next generation operating system, due later this year, Windows Server “Longhorn” – the next Windows server and Microsoft Office 12 – The latest suite of application software. WinScribe Inc is a participant in the Ascend programs for all three.

“Our customers operate predominantly within the Microsoft environment and it is critical to them and to us that our software solutions are robust and reliable,” said Greg Allen, CTO at WinScribe. “Having early access to these major new releases, including training and deep technical support ensures we are able to release with absolute confidence to our market, very soon after Microsoft themselves release new product.”

For Matthew Weavers, WinScribe CEO, the close relationship with Microsoft is an important one. “Being invited to all three streams of the program is something of an endorsement for us. It suggests we are being taken seriously for the quality and importance of the digital dictation solution we provide world wide,” he said. “We are proud to be included in the same program as some of the largest and oldest software companies in the world.”

“Microsoft early adoption programs provide Independent Software Vendors with leanings from the industries top experts as well as support that ultimately lower development costs. Microsoft is delighted to see that Winscribe are involved in our early adoption programs and commitment to the Microsoft platform”, adds Gareth Baker, ISV Partner Account Manager, Microsoft New Zealand.

About WinScribe

WinScribe is a world leading provider of digital dictation software supporting business requirements for digital dictation, transcription, voice recognition, and workflow management. Founded in 1989, WinScribe has offices in the USA, UK, New Zealand and Switzerland, with more than 100 sales partners in over 25 countries supporting more than 300,000 users worldwide.

The WinScribe solution is built on Microsoft architecture, to ensure easy integration and maintenance. WinScribe also supports a wide range of manufacturer-independent dictation devices and is scaleable from small, single office locations up to large multinational corporations. WinScribe is fully customizable to meet the needs of a number of significant vertical markets including Legal, Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Transcription, Insurance and Government sectors.


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