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Skype starts to speak thanks to Expressivo

08-05-2008 04:10 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: IVO Software

/ PR Agency: PR Solutions
IVO Software has presented the latest Expressivo 1.4.2 program which can read any text aloud. The new Expressivo has been embedded into the Skype communicator which, thanks to this, has started to speak to its users.

The integration of Expressivo and Skype is automatic. A few moments is all it takes and Skype begins to speak. Now, at last, we can walk away from the computer. If we wish, the program will inform us which of our friends have logged onto Skype, or read all the text messages that have been sent to us without us having to constantly scan the monitor.

Skype’s new functions, acquired thanks to Expressivo, make working with the program easier and give us a great deal more freedom. They can be of real significance for the elderly and those with sight problems. So far, using the communicator has been difficult or even impossible for them. Reading small fonts often was a difficult barrier to cross. Now, thanks to Expressivo, Skype has become a convenient and effective tool for communication.

Talking computer
Skype is yet another computer program that, thanks to Expressivo, has started to speak to us. Previously, thanks to Expressivo, the users of the popular browsers Internet Explorer and Firefox were able to listen to the content of webpages. The e-mail program Mozilla Thunderbird also began to speak, and now it can read our e-mails to us. In addition, Expressivo can read memos entered in the Mozilla Sunbird organiser, and also tasks from Google Calendar.

More about Expressivo
Expressivo is a computer program which can read any text aloud. The program can be used as as an aid to learning a foreign language, as a voice-over reading film subtitles or creating audiobooks. Expressivo makes it possible to listen to books, RSS news items, web pages, e-mails – not only on computer, but also on portable MP3 players. Thanks to Expressivo more and more computer applications are able to communicate with their users by voice. Thanks to its affordability Expressivo makes it possible for virtually everyone to make use of text-to-speech technology. More information about Expressivo is available at

Additional information about IVONA and IVO TTS Software
The speech synthesis technology built into Expressivo - IVONA – is regarded as one of the best in the world. This is demonstrated by the numerous awards and distinctions won around the world. IVONA’s voice quality was recognized, among others, by the prestigious international Blizzard Challenge contest. Two times in a row, in 2006 and 2007, it was recognized as being one of the closest to a natural voice. The makers of IVONA and Expressivo - IVO Software – has been operating since 2001 and has from the start been involved in the creation and development of TTS products. Try out IVONA’s voices at

Additional materials

Visit to watch a short film about the new skill of Skype.

IVO Software
Al. Zwyciestwa 96/98 B8
81-451 Gdynia, Poland
Andrzej Sowula

About IVO Software

IVO Software specializes in Text-To-Speech solutions based on self-developed AI algorithms, recognized by the world’s leading experts. Our company has already occupied an important position in the Polish TTS market and now is offering its solutions worldwide. .We are the creators of the IVONA TTS award-winning technology included in all IVO products – the IVONA TTS engine received one of the highest scores for voice quality at the prestigious Blizzard Challenge scientific event in 2006 and 2007. Visit for more information.

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