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July 28, 1987

VMX UNVEILS INFOLINK VERBAL TELEPHONE BULLETIN BOARD

By CBR Staff Writer

VMX Inc, the Dallas, Texas company that is determined to get computers and people worldwide to speak to one another in plain English, has announced another new voice messaging product. InfoLink is a verbal bulletin board featuring single digit menu selection, transfer capability and customer recorded greetings and announcements. The caller is provided with a list of general subjects and can make a selection from the initial menu of nine possible topics, by dialling 1-9 on the telephone, and InfoLink will advance to the first level of menus to provide more in-depth information about the selected topic. Rather like Prestel viewdata, InfoLink offers a simple tree-structure menu interface, with nine options per menu level, with up to 12 menu levels of selection. Each of those nine options has nine more options within it so that the system essentially has nine possible options to the power of 12. According to VMX, InfoLink has a multitude of applications for the business community. Any company, for example, can enlist InfoLink to provide information to callers with frequently asked questions. A caller can be prompted to select their area of interest by pushing a single digit on the phone pad which corresponds to the menu of options being recited.

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