Global Font Rendering and Display Solution from Ascender Now Shipping with Microsoft Office Communicator

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Ascender Corp has licensed font technology to Microsoft that enhances the display of multilingual text in Microsoft Office Communicator. The Polycom® CX300 Desktop Phone is now shipping with the Ascender font solution.

Ascender Corporation, a leading provider of advanced font products, announced today that font technology it licensed to Microsoft Corporation for enhanced multilingual text display is now shipping in the Polycom® CX300 Desktop Phone. Ascender worked with the Microsoft Office Communicator team to develop a solution for displaying complex scripts on devices with low resolution screens to achieve optimal clarity.

Ascender worked together with Nuance Communications to integrate high quality fonts with Nuance’s T9® Output multilingual rich text rendering engine. The fonts and technology provide Microsoft Office Communicator with the ability to display complex non-Latin scripts as part of a device user interface.

The fonts supplied by Ascender enable support for languages and scripts including Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Devanagari, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. This provides companies with the ability to develop multilingual user interfaces in products for global markets.

“Ascender is proud to combine its font expertise with technology from Nuance and to design a solution that works with Microsoft Office Communicator,” said Brian Kraimer, Vice President of Ascender Corporation. “This allows devices with a low power processor, limited memory, and a low resolution display to offer rich multilingual text as part of the user interface,” he added.

The Polycom CX300 Desktop Phone is the newest member of the Polycom CX product family, a broad array of devices designed specifically for use with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The Polycom CX products offer a lower total cost of ownership as part of a complete unified communications experience. Microsoft Office Communicator is a unified communications application that offers advanced presence-enabled features including instant messaging (IM), voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video and desktop sharing.

About Ascender
Ascender Corporation is a leading provider of advanced font products. Ascender's founders are font industry experts and have been involved in developing many of the most important and influential fonts used in computers, mobile devices, consumer electronics and software products. Ascender provides multilingual, custom font development for a wide range of customers including creative professionals, enterprises, software developers and hardware manufacturers. Ascender also provides an extensive collection of TrueType & OpenType fonts for download to graphic designers and consumers through its font websites, including http://www.AscenderFonts.com.

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Bill Davis, Vice President
Ascender Corporation
25 Northwest Point Blvd, Suite 225, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA
Phone: (847) 357 0730 - Fax: (847) 357 0731
English: http://www.ascendercorp.com
German: http://www.ascendercorp.de

Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Nuance and T9 are trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Ascender is either registered trademark or trademarks of Ascender Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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