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December 20, 2005

Coveo Selects Dragon AudioMining From Nuance to Add Audio and Video Search to Microsoft SharePoint

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Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN), formerly ScanSoft, Inc, today announced that Coveo Solutions Inc., a pioneer of integrated and secure search solutions for the desktop, the intranet and the Web has selected Dragon(TM) AudioMining(TM) for its Coveo Enterprise Search for Microsoft SharePoint. Nuance's Dragon AudioMining technology makes it possible to search in audio and video files with text keywords and phrases, unlocking the information hidden within rich media files on a corporate server, intranet, Web site, or within private media archives.

The most immediate deployment of the audio and video search-enabled Coveo solution will be to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. With the integrated ability to search audio and video content, all Microsoft SharePoint and Coveo Enterprise Search customers will be able to add rich media as a supported content type for search and retrieval. By integrating Dragon AudioMining, Coveo becomes the only enterprise search vendor to offer audio and video search within Microsoft SharePoint.

"Audio and video are powerful tools for communicating rich media. This opportunity provides our customers and Microsoft SharePoint customers the ability to deliver training and e-learning initiatives with the industry's first leading audio and video search application," said Eric Negler, executive vice president of Sales and Alliances at Coveo. "To be first to market with searchable rich media in SharePoint for our customers further increases the value of their investment in Microsoft technologies."

Dragon AudioMining uses Nuance's advanced speaker-independent recognition engine to create XML word, timestamp and meta-data information for every word spoken within rich media files. XML speech index data makes the speech information within rich media files visible to text-based Web crawlers and search products, unlocking the information hidden within digital audio and video files on the Web and within private media archives. The underlying speech recognition technology that Dragon AudioMining employs is the same that is used in the award-winning Dragon NaturallySpeaking(R) speech recognition solution. AudioMining extends the underlying statistical models that support this recognition engine to a scalable server architecture, specifically tailored for use in the production and presentation of streaming media. Using Dragon AudioMining the valuable information in news clips, government hearings, training videos, earnings announcements and analyst briefings can be searched as easily as Web pages.

"Today more than ever, the ability to search and find rich media is a critical component of enterprise search solutions," said Robert Weideman, senior vice president, Nuance Productivity Applications. "The amount of audio and video information stored on corporate servers, intranets, and even on the Web, continues to grow exponentially, and our Dragon AudioMining technology provides a way to effectively search within that rich media. We're pleased to work with Coveo to provide this valuable feature within its Enterprise Search application."

For more information about Dragon AudioMining from Nuance, please visit

About Coveo Solutions Inc

Coveo develops and sells enterprise search software that allows all individuals within an organization to access and integrate multiple collections of data with one unified view, providing tangible productivity enhancements and ROI. By combining content from the desktop, the intranet and the Internet, with one integrated tool, data is quickly and easily located. With unmatched relevance and true out-of-the-box security, over 5,000 businesses and organizations worldwide benefit from Coveo Enterprise Search through increased revenue, greatly improved productivity and compliance with regulatory mandates. Key customers include AAA, Eli Lilly, International Paper, CBC/Radio-Canada, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, NATO, NASA, AC Nielsen and Spencer Stuart. To download fully-functional free version of Coveo Enterprise Search, please visit

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN) is the 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 and professional services. For more information, please visit

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

The statements in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with market trends, competitive factors, and other risks identified in Nuance's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

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