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Blackboard Announces Launch of Beta Program
Date:10/29/2008

Nearly 50 Institutions Test Drive Company's Latest Learning Technology

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, announced today the launch of a Beta program for Blackboard's Release 9.0, featuring nearly 50 institutions that are now test driving the Company's latest learning technology.

Members of the Beta program are evaluating and providing feedback on elements of Release 9.0, the next step in the company's multi-year, multi-release effort to deliver a next generation teaching and learning platform, which began with Release 8.0 of the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) in January of this year. Release 9.0 is also undergoing more than 40,000 hours of performance engineering and testing as part of Blackboard's product development process.

The Beta program will include the participation of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools and districts in the United States and around the world. The effort represents the latest step taken by Blackboard to engage its global community of practice-including users and developers-in efforts to develop the vision for Project NG.

"Project NG and its releases are being driven by the community as much as they are being driven by Blackboard," said Jessica Finnefrock, Senior Vice President of Product Development at Blackboard. "Hundreds of educators, instructors, students and technologists are helping us to conceptualize and pursue this effort. Most importantly, we are fully engaging both users and developers in this initiative."

"Project NG has been a major part of our effort to support our faculty and students with the best available learning technology," said Donna Wicks, assistant a
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