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Say that again: Microsoft buys Tellme

Posted: 19 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microsoft? Tellme? voice-enabled services? Vista?

It's official: Microsoft Corp. will acquire Tellme Networks Inc., a provider of voice services including directory assistance, enterprise customer service and voice-enabled mobile search. Talks regarding the acquisition surfaced last week.

Financial terms were not disclosed, with the deal expected to be finalized in Q2 2007.

"Speech is universal, simple and holds incredible promise as a key interface for computing," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. "Tellme brings to Microsoft the talent, technology and proven experience in speech that will enable us to deliver a new wave of products and revolutionize human-computer interaction."

Potential areas of development resulting from the deal will range from hosted voice-enabled customer service solutions that complement Microsoft's existing unified communications offerings to voice user interfaces in existing products to search services on mobile phones that integrate with Live Search for mobile offerings. Moreover, developers and partners will be able to build new speech-based solutions on top of a scalable, standards-based voice-enabled applications platform.

Tellme's technology is also expected to be integrated into Microsoft's voice-enabled applications, including the Windows Vista OS, Microsoft Office system and mobile applications such as Windows Mobile and Windows Automotive.

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