You won’t be able to Jott anymore. The mobile service, which allowed users to convert voice messages to text, will be turned off on May 3rd. Started in April 2006 by former Microsofties John Pollard and Shreedhar Madhavapeddi, the Seattle company was sold to Nuance Communications in 2009.

A message on the Jott blog notes that the shut-down actually is a sign that the service has been successfully integrated into Nuance, which maintains a presence in the Seattle area due to its acquisition of several companies here.

The message notes:

This may seem counter-intuitive – success leading to a shutdown. But while it is an ending of sorts, the reality is that the technology, service, talent and imagination of Jott will continue on as part of a far broader set of services. The Jott team, vision and technologies are an integral part of a global business which includes partners such as AT&T, Rogers, Bell Canada, Vodafone, Cisco, Vonage, and many others.

As of May 3rd, Nuance says that Jott Assistant, Jott Voicemail and Jott for Salesforce will no longer work. It encourages users of the service to download any stored Jotts, offering a link by which customers can download the messages. It also encourages users of the Jott voicemail product to return to their phone providers for voicemail service.

The note concludes:

Again, we want to emphasize that this wasn’t an easy decision, but we’re proud of the broad popularity of voice to text services that Jott helped to drive into the industry, and the impact that Jott’s team and technology will have worldwide through Nuance’s reach. Thank you so much for being a loyal Jott customer and advocate.

In a message to GeekWire, Jott co-founder Pollard said that the team continues to work on “stuff that has a few orders of magnitude broader distribution than Jott.com.”   While Pollard said that he’s sad to see Jott go, he also noted that there’s a lot of cool stuff happening at Nuance.

The company — which also has acquired Seattle companies such as Tegic and SnapIn over the years — employs several hundred people in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

[Hat tip to David Geller]

John Cook is co-founder of GeekWire. Follow on Twitter: @geekwirenews and Facebook.

 

Comments

  • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

    This totally sucks. I’ve been a Jott user for years and use it daily. Voicemail to text to email has been huge for capturing ideas and tasks when I’m not at a computer or near pen and paper. Anybody in the Geekwire community have a good substitute or alternative recommendation?

    • http://eyejot.com/users/davidg davidgeller

      There are several voice mail providers that will transcribe messages. So, set up an account with Google or Vonage and leave yourself messages. They may not work as well as Jott, though, which compounds the disappointment.

      • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

        Just started using Dial2Do as my new Jott alternative. So far, so good. Similar pricing but looks to have expanded functionality. Not as much integration with other apps, but I wasn’t using that anyway.

        For the way I was using Jott, this was a seamless transition. I recommend taking a look at it if you haven’t found the perfect Jott replacement yet.

    • John Fabrega

      TalkScribe http://bit.ly/gu3lTW provides many of the same services. It is human based transcription so it is not free, but is highly accurate.

      Disclaimer: I work for the company.

  • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

    This totally sucks. I’ve been a Jott user for years and use it daily. Voicemail to text to email has been huge for capturing ideas and tasks when I’m not at a computer or near pen and paper. Anybody in the Geekwire community have a good substitute or alternative recommendation?

  • MarcP

    There are a bunch of smartphone apps to take down voice notes and convert them to text. An example would be Nuance’s Dragon app for the iPhone. Vonage does voice mail to text for all messages. Etc.

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