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ScanSoft Extends Worldwide Leadership in Speech Recognition Software According to Analyst Firm Preliminary Report

Peabody, Mass. - February 28, 2005 - ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), a global leader in speech and imaging solutions, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has named ScanSoft the worldwide speech software sales leader, based on port shipments in 2004, in its newest market statistics report, "Speech Recognition Telephony Software: Worldwide, 2004 (Preliminary)."

"ScanSoft has extended its leadership in the market through innovation and differentiation throughout its speech technologies, applications and services," said Steve Chambers, president of SpeechWorks Solutions from ScanSoft. "Our enduring value, strength and performance are unmistakable and driven in large part by successes through our many partners, including Avaya, Cisco, Nortel and countless others. Together, we are delivering on the true promise of speech technologies and conversational interfaces to improve the flow of information around the world." According to Gartner, ScanSoft shipped approximately 43 percent of all speech recognition software ports worldwide in 2004. Gartner estimates that ScanSoft shipped 63.9K ports in 2004, over 20 percent more than the next closest provider. The complete report is available for purchase at .

About the SpeechWorks Division of ScanSoft

ScanSoft delivers field-proven speech solutions. Its unmatched portfolio and expertise help thousands of companies around the world to improve the way we communicate. Through a global partner network, the company delivers solutions that use the human voice to interact with information systems and devices. Today, thousands of companies and millions of users around the world depend on SpeechWorks® solutions from ScanSoft to deliver vital business information and simplify every day life.

About ScanSoft, Inc.

ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT) is a global leader of speech and imaging 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 SpeechWorks are registered trademarks or trademarks of ScanSoft, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein 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 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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