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Dragon Naturally Speaking Reviews - 2003


ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 Receives Editors' Choice Award from TECH Edge Magazine

TECH Edge Editors Commend Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 for its High Accuracy Rates, Ease of Use and Crisp Interface

PEABODY, Mass., April 11, 2003 - ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), a leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions, today announced that Dragon NaturallySpeaking® 7 Preferred Edition has received a TECH Edge magazine Editors' Choice Award for Speech Recognition Technology. TECH Edge editors, in a review of several dictation applications, commended the extraordinarily high accuracy rates of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 and noted that the product's usability and abundance of new features were the deciding factors in bestowing the award.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 7, a new release of the world's best-selling speech recognition application for Microsoft Windows, delivers the accuracy, speed, ease-of-use and innovative features needed to make speech recognition a mainstream application, in the home and at the office. In its review, TECH Edge reported, "NaturallySpeaking improves on the 95 percent accuracy rate of version 6 by examining documents and e-mails on your hard drive to better understand how you write…Dragon NaturallySpeaking bests [other products] with its arsenal of features and smooth user interface." The complete review by Bill Mann can be found in the May 2003 issue of TECH Edge.

"We are pleased with the positive response Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 has received from our customers and industry experts like TECH Edge," said Robert Weideman, chief marketing officer at ScanSoft. "We're honored to receive this award, as it underscores the Company's commitment to delivering value to our customers through innovative productivity solutions."

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 is a significant improvement over the previous release, increasing accuracy by 15 percent and enabling users to achieve accuracy levels of up to 99 percent. Its speed has been improved by more than 50 percent for dictation initialization. Accuracy and performance are further enhanced by new features such as the Vocabulary Optimizer, which evaluates previously authored emails and documents to personalize itself to the writing style of the user, and the Performance Assistant, which optimizes the efficiency of speech recognition based on a user's workflow. In total, the accuracy and performance improvements within Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 deliver an unmatched level of productivity and ease of use for speech recognition products.

About TECH Edge Magazine

TECH Edge spotlights technological innovations reviewing both consumer electronics and software products keeping consumers up to date of the changes in technology.

About ScanSoft, Inc.

ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT) is a leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions that are used to automate a wide range of manual processes - saving time, increasing worker productivity and improving customer service. For more information regarding ScanSoft products and technologies, please visit www.ScanSoft.com.

Trademark reference: ScanSoft, the ScanSoft logo, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking are registered trademarks or trademarks of ScanSoft, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other company 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 ScanSoft's SEC filings. Actual results, events or 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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