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ScanSoft Introduces TextBridge Pro Millennium Edition

New Product is "Certified for Windows 2000"

Peabody, MA, February 14, 2000 - ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), today announced the release of TextBridge® Pro Millennium, the latest version of the company's award-winning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. With proven accuracy of better than 99%, improvements in the product's interaction with Microsoft Office 2000 through "Instant Access", and a new "Live Updates" feature, TextBridge Pro Millennium offers the ultimate in flexibility and up-to-date product enhancements. In addition, TextBridge Pro Millennium has passed Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MFST) stringent testing requirements and received the "Certified for Windows 2000" logo.

"We are very excited that ScanSoft has joined the elite group of software companies who have passed certification," said Peter Ollodart, Group Manager for Windows 2000, Microsoft. "By passing certification, ScanSoft's customers can be assured of the most reliable and manageable experience on Windows 2000."

"Microsoft sets incredibly high certification standards and TextBridge Pro Millennium matched every one," said ScanSoft's Director of Product Marketing, John Hoye. "Our customers have identified accuracy and compatibility with the Windows platform as absolutely critical. We exceed expectations on both fronts with this new release."

Windows 2000 compatibility gives TextBridge Pro Millennium users the flexibility to easily migrate to the latest edition of the Windows operating system. TextBridge Pro Millennium also supports Windows 95, 98 and NT versions. An improved "Instant Access" feature allows users to run TextBridge Pro Millennium within popular Windows applications, providing word processing, spreadsheets, and enhanced printing and Web editing capabilities. A unique addition to TextBridge Pro Millennium is ScanSoft's new "Live Updates" technology, a seamlessly integrated feature that delivers updates directly to users' desktops via the Internet.

"At ScanSoft, we deliver the most effective solutions to support our growing customer base," said Hoye. "'Live Updates' enables users to download the latest product enhancements, including scanner drivers and output filters that are constantly being introduced."

About TextBridge® Pro

  • Proven accuracy of better than 99% using ScanSoft's most powerful recognition engine: the same engine licensed by Microsoft
  • The most advanced, yet easiest to use OCR technology on the market
  • Winner of PC Magazine's Editor's Choice for Best OCR
  • Exclusive Accumorph™ technology recognizes and visually repairs degraded characters on poor quality documents
  • Retains color pictures, graphics, illustrations and artwork and accurately places them into the digital document
  • "Instant Access" feature allows you to run TextBridge Pro within another application, providing word processing, spreadsheets, printing and Web editing
  • Intuitive, user-friendly interface makes scanning simple: send results to MS Word, MS Excel, a supported Web browser or an e-mail application with a single click of a button
  • Unique HTML formatting allows TextBridge Pro users to automatically turn paper into Web pages while maintaining documents' original layout

Price and Availability

TextBridge Pro Millennium is immediately available directly from ScanSoft and through the following electronic resellers:,,, and . TextBridge Pro Millennium will be available from ScanSoft's retail partners, including CompUSA, Micro Center, Office Depot, Staples, Office Max, Fry's and Best Buy, as well as through major software catalogs within two weeks. The estimated street price of TextBridge Pro Millennium is $79.00. For the name and location of the retailer nearest you, or for details of special site licensing options, visit ScanSoft on the World Wide Web at

TextBridge Pro 9.0 customers are eligible to download the TextBridge Pro Millennium upgrade for a fee of just $9.95 ($14.95 for CD). All other TextBridge customers can purchase the upgrade for $49.00. To take advantage of this attractive offer, please visit

About ScanSoft, Inc.

Headquartered in Peabody, MA, ScanSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSFT) is a leading developer of digital imaging software that enables users to leverage the power of their scanners, digital cameras, and other electronic devices. ScanSoft's award-winning product line - Pagis Pro, TextBridge Pro, PaperPort Deluxe, PaperPort ScannerSuite, ScanWorks, Kai's Photo Soap2, Kai's SuperGoo, Kai's PowerShow, and PhotoFactory - enables users to capture, recognize, edit, manage and share documents and photos electronically by taking advantage of ScanSoft's cutting-edge technology.

ScanSoft has established numerous strategic partnerships with the industry's leading scanner and multifunction vendors to deliver the most comprehensive and cost-effective solutions for its customers. Vendors who have chosen ScanSoft's cutting-edge OCR technologies to incorporate into their own product offerings include Brother, Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lotus Development Corporation, Microtek, Mustek, Primax, Sharp, Symantec Corporation, UMAX, Visioneer, Xerox and others. ScanSoft's leading OCR technology was recently licensed by Microsoft for use in future products. ScanSoft continues to cultivate and develop strategic partnerships to deliver the most comprehensive and cost-effective solutions for its customers.

ScanSoft software is sold and marketed worldwide through retail, dealer and OEM channels and the Internet, capturing the consumer, small office/home office (SOHO) and corporate markets. There are approximately 2.9 million registered users of ScanSoft products. ScanSoft can be found on the Web at

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including, but not limited to, statements as to the features, perceived benefits and availability of TextBridge Pro Millennium, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the market acceptance of TextBridge Pro Millennium, the impact of competitive products, and other risks detailed from time to time in ScanSoft's SEC reports. ScanSoft disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Pagis, TextBridge, PaperPort, PaperPort Deluxe and Scanner Suite are registered trademarks or trademarks of ScanSoft, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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