SMART Board Software 9.5 Supports Windows Vista Operating System


SMART customers in Middle East upgrading to Windows Vista can be assured of seamless integration with SMART products as Version 9.5 now offers Windows users 36 languages including Arabic

Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2007 - SMART Technologies Inc, the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools, has announced its support for Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system, in SMART Board software 9.5. As with earlier Windows operating systems, Vista provides SMART Board interactive whiteboard users with a familiar interface and Version 9.5 now offers Windows users 36 languages.

With Vista's new support of East Asian languages, SMART customers can now use handwriting recognition for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Version 9.5 also supports earlier versions of Windows such as XP and 2000 as well as Mac OS and Linux operating systems.

SMART Board software remains the world's most widely used interactive whiteboard software. It is integral to every SMART Board interactive whiteboard, Sympodium interactive pen display and AirLiner wireless slate, and makes creating, managing and using digital content easier for those using Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems. Notebook collaborative learning software is the whiteboarding application within SMART Board software 9.5, and it is the digital content hub. It features ample whiteboarding space where users can write notes in digital ink and create, interact with and save digital content from a variety of sources.

"SMART has supported the Windows platform for many years," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO. "All SMART customers upgrading to Windows Vista in the Middle East can do so knowing it will work seamlessly with their SMART products."

SMART customers can download this latest version of SMART Board software for Windows at no additional charge at www.smarttech.com/support/software. SMART Board software 9.5 is included with all new orders of SMART Board interactive whiteboards, Sympodium interactive pen displays and AirLiner wireless slates. For additional information or specifications, visit www.smarttech.com.

About SMART
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. The award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the most widely installed interactive whiteboard in the world. Many school jurisdictions have standardized on the product, which is used to provide interactive learning opportunities and enhance student achievement. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 15 million students in more than 450,000 classrooms spanning every U.S. state, every Canadian province, every Local Authority in the UK and in more than 100 countries worldwide. SMART products also include interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, wireless slates and software. Using SMART products, teachers can access and share the information they need to improve student learning outcomes and streamline lesson planning. SMART's education customers include New York City Board of Education (U.S.), Oxford University (UK), Kobe City Board of Education (Japan), Barnier Public School (Australia), University of Ottawa (Canada), United World College (Singapore), Stephen-Hawking-Schule Neckargemuend (Germany), Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (U.S.) and Harvard University (U.S.).

SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 800 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ontario, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington DC. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous U.S., Canadian and other patents pending. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel's equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. To learn more about SMART as a company as well as SMART products and programs visit www.smarttech.com and www.education.smarttech.com.

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