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Nuance Defines Innovative Voice Search On Merriam-Webster App For Iphone

Merriam-Webster Harnesses Power of Dragon to Let Users Speak Words Instead of Spelling Them Out

BURLINGTON, Mass., – December 21, 2010 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its renowned voice technology now powers the voice search capabilities behind the new Merriam-Webster app for iPhone. Merriam-Webster is the latest mobile app to take advantage of the powerful voice recognition capabilities at the heart of the Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search apps downloaded by millions around the world.

The free Merriam-Webster app brings America's most useful and respected dictionary right to your iPhone. In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app’s voice search capabilities let consumers look up a word by simply saying it, versus trying to spell out difficult or unfamiliar words. The app also provides users with synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, and more.

“For 150 years, Merriam-Webster has been working on making dictionaries easier to use. Integrating Nuance's voice recognition capabilities into our app contributes to that evolution, and makes looking up a word more intuitive and for a lot of people more enjoyable,” said Miles Kronby, Chief Product Officer of Digital, Merriam-Webster.

“Mobile consumers need a quick, easy and effective way to access information and data, and nothing is more intuitive or natural than the human voice. We’ve made it incredibly easy for developers like Merriam-Webster to optimize their app experience with our core Dragon voice technology, creating an ecosystem of voice-enabled applications that let consumers get the most out their mobile devices,” said Michael Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Mobile.

To download the free Merriam-Webster app, visit

Nuance’s mobile voice technology brings the power of Dragon NaturallySpeaking to a variety of applications and services for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, as well as Android, BlackBerry and Symbian devices. Nuance’s broad product portfolio of speech and predictive text solutions are trusted by the world’s leading manufacturers and mobile operators, and are found in billions of phones and millions of automobiles and consumer electronic devices – making them among the most pervasive mobile solutions on the market today.

To learn more about developing with Nuance’s voice technology, visit To learn more about the Dragon Mobile Apps family, visit Also be sure to follow Nuance on Twitter @DragonTweets and @NuanceMobile, and become a Fan of Dragon Mobile Apps on Facebook.

Nuance Communications

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit .

                • NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Search, and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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