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Visio Corp. Licenses Netpodium Real-Time, Web Communications Software

New Corporate Licensee Demonstrates the Effectiveness of Netpodium Software for Sharing Technical Information

SEATTLE, May 18 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced plans to broaden its developer education offerings with Web seminars powered by Netpodium Inc.'s real-time, Web-based communications software. The leading graphical solutions software company licensed Netpodium's highly interactive software program to produce regular twice-monthly Webcasts for developers around the world. Netpodium software creates a moderated, interactive Web conference that unites a speaker and up to 2,000 audience participants at the same time.

"We are excited about the opportunity to help Visio enhance their ability to train developers," said John O'Halloran, chief executive officer at Netpodium Inc. "We think this is a powerful example of how live Web communications can be used to convey complex technical information reaching a broad and geographically dispersed audience."

"We want to educate developers about how Visio software is more than just a flowchart. It can be used to build applications," Scott Campbell, group manager, Visio platform development customer unit. "But developers are very busy. It's hard to get them out of the office to attend training or a conference so it makes sense to meet them online. Finding the best way to do that was key. We needed a medium that is effective for communicating advanced, technical information and still cost-efficient."

After testing Netpodium software with a pilot Webcast in February, Visio's platform development staff decided Netpodium was the best vehicle for communicating with developers." A Netpodium Webcast is easy to access via an Internet URL, Campbell said, and it has live sound, video and comes with the ability to incorporate graphics, Microsoft PowerPoint slides and screen shots to illustrate technical points. He also likes Netpodium's interactivity, which includes the capacity to field questions, provide immediate live answers and to take "instant" polls.

"Developers really liked the pilot Webcast," Campbell said. "They could get high-level technical information in a concise segment without leaving their desks. The use of streaming media to deliver the audio portion eliminated the need for a conference call, reducing our costs while expanding the reach of our message."

For the regular Webcasts starting in May, Visio plans to introduce a theme or topic in the first Webcast of the month, give assignments, such as writing code, then return to the same topic in greater depth for the second Webcast of the month.

"It's the ideal way to disseminate technical information for this audience," Campbell said.

About Netpodium Inc.

Netpodium Inc. is an innovator in the area of live, Web-based communications that enhance the ways in which people and organizations interact on the Internet and via corporate intranets. The company was founded in December 1997 and since that time has taken a lead in the emerging category of interactive broadcasting on the Web. Netpodium Web events afford a 'virtual face-time' experience that builds on live audio and video streaming media platforms from RealNetworks and Microsoft to support a unique level of interaction between a speaker and audience participants. Uses range from sales training, product launches and press conferences to technical briefings, virtual seminars and employee training. Today, the company's software is being used by some of the top corporations in the fields of high technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, management consulting, education and healthcare. Visit Netpodium at http://www.netpodium.com.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The names, logos and taglines identifying Netpodium products and services are proprietary marks of Netpodium Inc. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

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