SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

August 08, 2005 07:00 ET

Blackboard Launches New Website

Completely Redesigned Website Features New Tools, Easy Navigation and Improved Content

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 8, 2005 -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) announces the launch of its new Website, www.blackboard.com. The new site features a wide array of resources, tools and interactive features for visitors to quickly and easily gather information about Blackboard, its software, hardware, services and members of its community. Blackboard is used by more than 12 million people in the United States and around the world to enhance education through technology.

Organized in six distinct categories, the new Blackboard Website is easy to navigate, enabling visitors to find exactly what they are looking for quickly and conveniently. The categories include:

--  Products & Services: features details on the Blackboard Academic
    Suite™), the Blackboard Commerce Suite™, Blackboard® Training and
    Blackboard® Consulting
    
--  In Practice: spotlights clients' best practices and success stories
    using Blackboard including case studies and video testimonials
    
--  Communities: shows the many communities of practice of Blackboard and
    serves as the portal in to the Blackboard CommunitySite, Client email lists
    and the Blackboard Developers Network
    
--  Extend Blackboard: features details on programs which allow users to
    customize their Blackboard solutions, including Blackboard Building
    Blocks™, the Blackboard Developers Network™ and Blackboard Course
    Cartridges™ and Language Packs
    
--  Support: includes Blackboard's dedicated client extranet "Behind the
    Blackboard™," a one-stop support center where clients and prospects can
    learn about Blackboard support and submit service requests
    
--  Company: features key corporate information including a media center,
    events center, career center and partner center in addition to Blackboard's
    history, vision and contact information
    
In support of Blackboard's global leadership, the new Website features international language support of Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

"Our new Website is the fruition of a company-wide commitment to create the most efficient means for communicating with our global users, partners, prospects, investors and recruits," said Bruce Shuttleworth, Senior Director Marketing Communications at Blackboard. "This completely redesigned and re-architected site will enable our visitors to quickly and easily find the right information. As we like to say, 'Our business is our Website... and our Website is our business.'"

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the education industry. The Company's product line consists of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite™ and the Blackboard Commerce Suite™. Blackboard's clients include colleges, universities, schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff in North America, Europe and Asia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 13, 2005 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of August 8, 2005. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to August 8, 2005.

Contact Information

  • Blackboard Public Relations Manager:

    Melissa Chotiner
    Blackboard Inc.
    +1 202 463-4860 ext. 2404
    Email Contact

    Media Inquiries:

    Dan Baum
    DBC Public Relations
    +1 202-298-7600 ext. 205
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