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Press Release

Mont Vernon, NH — June 20, 2001

Microsoft Selects Circle Noetic Services for Next Version of Microsoft Reader.

Circle Noetic Services, Inc., a leading developer of natural language processing software, announced today that it was selected by Microsoft to provide the hyphenation and stemming engines used in Microsoft Reader, the first electronic reading software with ClearType display technology. Circle Noetics was selected because of the small size and high accuracy of its Dashes™ hyphenation and WordFan™ stemming tools. Both will be used in Microsoft Reader versions 1.51 and beyond.

“Microsoft licensed the engines because they are algorithmic, not dictionary-based, and therefore quite small,” said Ilan Sender, layout project manager of the LIT team at Microsoft eBooks. “In addition, the Dashes hyphenation engine, specifically, is much more accurate that the other algorithm-based alternatives we considered.”

Dashes is based on a powerful hyphenation algorithm that is fast and well over 99.9% accurate against word lists of 92,000 to 2 million words across 32 languages. According to these lists, Dashes identifies nearly all syllables, and inserts correct hyphens in close to all cases. WordFan is a highly customizable natural language processing toolbox that provides linguistic intelligence in many languages. Currently, Microsoft has licensed the engines for English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

In addition to the quality of the Dashes product, Microsoft selected Circle Noetics for their responsiveness and ability to adapt to Microsoft’s changing needs.

“Circle Noetic Services was able to provide QFEs (Quick Fix Engineering) during the last days of our release to improve the quality of the product,” said Sender.

“Working with Microsoft on eBook Reader was very exciting,” said Sasha Nizhnikov, president of Circle Noetics. “An electronic document is the next publishing frontier, which now as a result of the explosive growth of the Internet represents a unique opportunity for publishers as well as for technology providers. Already our technology is being used in Houghton Mifflin's electronic American Heritage Dictionary and Davis Advertising online ad proofing system among others. Including Microsoft in the list of our ePublishing customers significantly increases our footprint in this emerging market.”

About Circle Noetic Services, Inc.

Founded in late 1984 by a group of MIT linguists and computer scientists, Circle Noetic Services, Inc. is a leading developer of natural language processing software. Additional products by Circle Noetic Services include:

  • Dashes Pro™ — Dashes Pro is an application based on the Dashes algorithm. It is the only multilingual hyphenation application for the Mac. It is scriptable, recordable, and fully supports AppleScript. Dashes Pro also supports RTF, Quark Tag, StyleEdit and plain text formats. It can be used with Microsoft Word, PageMaker, Quark XPress and other applications that support discretionary hyphens. A user exception dictionary can be created to handle proper nouns and other unusual words if broken improperly by the algorithm.
  • PassWord™ — PassWord is based on CNS’s proprietary linguistic technology and substantial word lists that have been compiled by experts in the respective languages or have been acquired from reliable sources. It includes a spelling correction routine that suggests spelling corrections based on visual or phonetic derivations of the misspelled word.

About Microsoft Reader

Developed by Microsoft Research, Microsoft Reader greatly improves font resolution on LCD screens for users of Pocket PCs, laptops and desktop PCs running the Windows operating system. Beyond ClearType, Microsoft Reader includes patented reading enhancements that adhere to the best qualities of fine typography. It provides a clean, uncluttered display; ample margins; full justification; proper spacing, leading and kerning; and powerful tools for bookmarking, highlighting and annotation.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft, Windows and ClearType are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

How to get in touch

For more information, contact:

Circle Noetic Services, Inc.
5 Pine Knoll Drive
Mont Vernon, NH 03057

(603) 283-6462 /voice/

(603) 672-8025 /fax/


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