Vocalocity Enters Strategic Licensing Agreement with Microsoft
- Vocalocity entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will license Vocalocity VoiceXML technology for use in future versions of the Microsoft Speech Server.
The addition of VoiceXML to Microsoft Speech Server 2007, set for release later this year, gives customers open development and speech technology choices for the creation of voice self-service applications.
"Microsoft's adoption of VoiceXML will help advance the standard considerably and accelerate the replacement of legacy boxes with less expensive standards-based software applications that improve information access and deliver better, more cohesive customer care," said Mike Dickerson, CEO of Vocalocity. "The industry is getting closer to the point where speech-enabling enterprise applications is as easy as deploying aWweb page, and we anticipate the game will change drastically as Microsoft and its partners continue to gain traction in this market."
Vocalocity is a Sponsor member of the VoiceXML Forum (www.voicexml.org) and its chief architect, Ken Rehor, is chairman of the organization.
In a related development, Microsoft announced that it is now accepting applications from businesses and individuals to participate in the Microsoft Speech Server 2007 beta program.