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ShoreTel IP230 phone named one of the best midmarket products of the year by CMP's VARBusiness magazine

Award-winners honored for best meeting the needs of midmarket customers
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SUNNYVALE, CA, August 14, 2006 - ShoreTel, Inc., the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and the leader in customer satisfaction, today announced that its IP230 phone was named a VARBusiness Best Midmarket Product of the Year in the Voice Networking category by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine.

The biweekly magazine that provides strategic insight to technology integrators solicited input from information-technology (IT) vendors and solution providers to determine which products and services were best for midmarket customers - companies with between 100 and 999 employees. Entries were considered and reviewed by VARBusiness editors who selected only 45 of the more than 350 nominated products.

"Our readers tell us that the middle market is one of the fastest-growing IT categories today," said VARBusiness Publisher Robert C. DeMarzo. "The ShoreTel IP230 is one of the products that best meets that segment's needs."

The ShoreTel IP230 is featured and profiled in the special August 7 VARBusiness "Best of the Midmarket" issue. ShoreTel's phones, switches, and software are designed for ease of deployment, management, and use. ShoreTel's IP phones offer the ultimate in ergonomic and aesthetics design, as well as superior audio quality. The IP230 is ideal for the knowledge worker who relies on telephone communications, and the phone delivers a wealth of features, including three line appearances, eight function keys, four soft keys and a Hi-Fi speaker.

ShoreTel Vice President of Marketing Steve Timmerman said, "This recognition is particularly gratifying to us for two reasons. One, because VARBusiness is the leading magazine covering strategy and technology trends for solution providers and technology integrators - and our channel partnerships are the cornerstone of our business. Secondly, because this honor once again confirms the superior design and manufacture of our products."

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 19 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the solution-provider community. VARBusiness provides unique strategic business and technology insight for solution providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available on the magazine's Web site at www.varbusiness.com.

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel is the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and the leader in customer satisfaction. The company has shipped its groundbreaking solutions since 1998 and continues to outpace the rapidly expanding VoIP market with technological advances and sales that are doubling year over year. ShoreTel voice systems are designed to make businesses smarter, setting new standards for usability and manageability while reducing telecommunications costs. A uniquely distributed architecture extends enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide top-notch service and support. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com/ or call 1-877-80SHORE