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Blackboard Launches Release 3.0 of Its Blackboard Transaction System(TM)

New Interface & Integration With Video Surveillance Highlight Release
WASHINGTON, DC, Jul 01, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, announced today the general availability of Release 3.0 of the Blackboard Transaction System(TM). The Blackboard Transaction System is used by hundreds of colleges and universities as part of the Blackboard Commerce Suite(TM), a family of applications supporting campus commerce and security management.

Release 3.0 of the Blackboard Transaction System represents a major landmark for our customers, said David Marr, Blackboard Commerce President & Chief Operating Officer. Release 3.0 will enable our customers to transform the way they interact with and serve their constituents, by combining the best software functionality and hardware compatibility of previous Blackboard Transaction System releases, along with mission-critical reliability and improved ease of use.

Release 3.0 of the Blackboard Transaction System features a range of new highlights and improved functionality, including:

  • A completely redesigned, intuitive user interface with web-like search capability.
  • A dramatically enhanced user experience that shortens the learning curve for new users, and allows most administrative actions to be performed in fewer steps.
  • A centralized application that allows the user to access all functionality through a single screen.
  • The best Unix Edition and Universal Edition functionality, plus numerous overall enhancements to previous Universal Edition releases.
  • Enhanced data management capability with unlimited customizable data fields for ultimate flexibility.
  • Support for multiple card formats, easier management of temporary card issuance, and unlimited stored value accounts per cardholder.
  • Integration with Blackboard Video Surveillance(TM), allowing campus administrators to view live or recorded campus security video from anywhere.

For more information about Blackboard Commerce solutions, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/commerce.

About Blackboard, Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Matthew Maurer
Blackboard Inc.
(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637
matthew.maurer@blackboard.com

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Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.