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Delrina Acquires AudioFile

Plans to Integrate Leading Voice/Telephony Technology into WinFax

With the purchase, Delrina also acquires a research division in Massachusetts, dedicated to exploring easier and more affordable ways to improve business communications by leveraging voice-based technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The incorporation of AudioFile’s telephony and voice technology gives us an additional competitive edge that will allow us to maintain our technical leadership in PC messaging," said Dennis Bennie, Delrina Chairman and CEO. "Just as modem manufacturers started with data modems and added fax, now they are adding voice and telephony control. We continue to work very closely with our OEM board manufacturers now in telephony."

"Delrina and AudioFile are setting a new standard for Windows-based communications and voice messaging," said Dr. Richard Goldhor, Chief Technical Officer at AudioFile. "The combination sets us apart in the market today with the most advanced multimedia audio capabilities for fax and voice mail."

AudioFile’s TalkWorks is the first product of its kind to truly integrate voice on the desktop. With TalkWorks, users can record and play voice messages, and have these messages easily integrated with E-mail, Lotus Notes, databases, electronic forms, personal information management (PIM) systems and other applications. TalkWorks supports virtually any sound board and can utilize the telephone to play and record audio.

"We understand that our customers require a messaging model that will deal with data, fax and voice in a single interface," said Bert Amato, Delrina’s Chief Technology Officer. "We believe that many of the existing telephony products do not offer the advanced features that our solution will offer. Anyone who uses voice mail in a business environment knows the frustration of not being able to manage voice messages easily."

AudioFile’s complete product offering provides a variety of integrated voice messaging capabilities in the Microsoft Windows environment, including: telephone answering; telephone call control; business audio (multimedia); integrated fax and e-mail; and, networked telephony/multimedia services.

About AudioFile
Privately-held, AudioFile was founded in 1990 and received venture capital funding from a syndicate of New England venture capital firms and individuals led by the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation. The company has combined years of experience in speech recognition, text-to-speech and audio processing to create market leading applications for computer telephony and business audio. Its engineering staff holds multiple patents in the area of digital audio. The company’s chief scientist, Dr. Richard Goldhor, formerly with Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, holds a BS in Physics and Electrical Engineering, an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Bioelectrical Engineering, all from MIT. AudioFile provides products to multimedia and telephony OEMs, software publishers and end-users. Among its OEM customers are IBM Microelectronics and the IBM PC Company.

About Delrina
Delrina Corporation designs, develops, markets and supports innovative PC software products and services in the fax, data and voice communications, electronic forms, and consumer software markets. Founded in 1988, the Company is ranked in sales among the top fifteen software publishers in North America and is recognized as the worldwide leader in PC fax and forms. Delrina has achieved a compounded revenue growth rate in excess of 100% per year over the past four years, reaching annual revenues of Cdn $102 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994. Delrina employs nearly 600 people with offices in Toronto, Canada; San Jose, CA; Kirkland, WA; Washington, DC; Lexington, MA; the United Kingdom; France; and Germany. Delrina can be contacted at 1-800-268-6082.

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