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Visio Addresses Industry Transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

Company Will Ship 32-Bit and 16-Bit Formats in One Box

SEATTLE, June 19 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to users' widespread indecision about when to migrate to the Microsoft® Windows® 95 operating system, Visio Corp. today announced plans to release the next versions of Visio® and Visio Technical® with the 32-bit format for Windows 95 and the 16-bit format for Windows® 3.1 in one box. The next versions of the industry-leading drawing and diagramming software programs will ship simultaneously with Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) release of Windows 95, scheduled for August.

"Our real opportunity is to expand Visio's customer base and more effectively target corporate users — which to date is largely contingent on supporting both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1 platforms," said Ted Johnson, vice president of product development at Visio. "The next versions of Visio and Visio Technical will have unrivaled consistency with Windows 95, enabling users to create working drawings and diagrams more easily and quickly. We still believe we owe it to our customers to develop and ship a fully functional 16-bit upgrade, making certain that Visio is accessible to every Windows user who has a known or latent drawing or diagramming need."

Support for Windows 95

Visio will be one of the first software vendors shipping a Windows 95-based application. The company's commitment to Windows 95 follows its support of advanced Windows technology since the release of Visio 1.0 in 1992. Since that time, Visio has supported a fully integrated Windows user interface and advanced OLE implementation. Visio is also highly integrated with other applications for the Windows-based desktop, such as Microsoft Office, making it a core desktop application alongside word processors and spreadsheets.

Visio Supports Dual Media

Based on the rapidly increasing use of CD-ROM drives among business users, Visio has also decided to ship both of these products in 3.5-inch disk and CD-ROM media. Visio plans to absorb the added cost of dual media as a convenience to its customers.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp., the leading drawing and diagramming software developer, was founded in October 1990. The Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992. Since then, Visio has released additional drag and drop drawing products designed for business, technical and consumer users. The company markets the Visio product line in the United States, North America, Europe and Asia.

Visio and Visio Technical are registered trademarks of Visio Corp. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

/CONTACT: Marci Maule, 206-521-4596, or Charlotte Empey, 206-521-4475, both of Visio Corp.; or Megan Prentiss of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097/

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