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Industry Developers and Corporate Customers Rally Behind New Visio 2000

Company's Next-Generation Platform Changes the Face of Business Communications

SEATTLE, July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced it is experiencing a ground swell of developer and corporate customer support for the next generation of its Visio® technology and product family, Visio 2000. The most significant milestone in the company's history, Visio 2000 will serve as the launching pad for future product enhancements and technology initiatives. Companies in a broad range of industries have shown strong support for Visio 2000 as a solutions platform, as well as for its advanced Internet integration, its heightened ease of use, and its ability to deliver a lower cost of ownership when deployed enterprisewide. Those companies include Cable & Wireless plc, Mercata Inc., Microsoft Corp., Sargent & Lundy LLC and Visimation Inc.

"The overwhelming support for Visio 2000, since its debut at our Envision Conference in March 1999, has been unprecedented," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "By creating, supporting and delivering solutions based on Visio 2000, developers and corporate customers have the technology and the flexibility to change the face of business communications."

Unequalled as a Visual Solutions Platform

Visio 2000 is the most powerful, cost-effective and flexible platform for organizations to create and deliver graphics-based drawing and diagramming solutions. Sargent & Lundy, a global leader in professional services for the electric-power industry and IT services for diversified industries, is one company harnessing the strength of Visio 2000.

"Visio 2000's support of enterprise database integration is key to achieving our goals of seamlessly linking an extraordinary amount of data with other productivity tools and greatly enhancing the workflow across an enterprise," said Stephen Ornberg, assistant director of Information Technology Services at Sargent & Lundy. "In addition, Visio 2000 will allow us to significantly enhance our design automation solutions for customers with minimal programming impact and provide further productivity gains." Sargent & Lundy has a set of state-of-the-art design automation tools for the production of "intelligent" electrical schematics and logic diagrams. Each of the systems was developed with Visio Technical Edition as the graphical backbone.

"Combining Visio 2000 and VBA 6.0 (Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications), developers and users can customize Visio to work the way they need it to, as well as extend the functionality of applications built upon Visio 2000," said Bob McDowell, vice president of Enterprise Business Relationships at Microsoft Corp.

Internet Collaboration

Companies such as Visimation, a leader in the creation of productivity tools that allow companies to visualize and interact with data more efficiently, will be able to deliver enhanced versions of its products that capitalize on Visio 2000's Internet capabilities.

"We see a compelling opportunity to leverage Visio 2000's advanced Internet functionality to deliver greater benefits to our customers," said Brett Newman, CEO of Visimation. "Our goal is to offer tools and services that give our customers a means to create, store and exchange drawings via the Internet, and Visio 2000 enables us to do that."

Increased Productivity

Visio 2000 delivers new drawing and navigational enhancements, which lead to an overall increase in its ease of use. These enhancements enable users to be dramatically more productive, as well as offer them new and more intuitive ways to draw and diagram.

"Visio is an essential application in any project manager's toolkit," said Steve Strom, project manager at Mercata, a next-generation interactive e-commerce company. "At Mercata, I use Visio to create process flow diagrams and system integration diagrams, and no other graphics application can match Visio's power and ease of use. Visio 2000 takes an already great product to the next level."

Lower Cost of Ownership

Visio 2000 gives users the power to integrate Visio technology into their existing IT information infrastructures and thereby reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) when Visio 2000 is deployed enterprisewide. Cable & Wireless, a leading international telecommunications provider, is one of the many companies focusing on the TCO benefits of Visio 2000.

"Standardizing on Visio allows us to deploy software to our employees' desktops faster and easier, track licenses more quickly, and realize dramatic cost savings resulting from simple economies of scale," said Nick Duarte, director of Purchasing, Group Technology IT/IS for Cable & Wireless. "The fact that Visio 2000 truly leverages Microsoft Office and Windows 2000 made our decision even easier."

Visio 2000 Editions

Beginning in August and continuing through the remainder of 1999, Visio will ship four Visio 2000 product editions. Visio 2000 Standard Edition will provide a versatile, easy-to-use tool for general business diagramming needs. Visio 2000 Technical Edition will deliver powerful drawing solutions for process engineering, facilities management, AEC and electrical engineering. Visio 2000 Professional Edition will offer tools that help IT professionals rapidly diagram information systems. Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition will offer deeper, automated solutions for IT specialists in the areas of networking and application development. Registered customers who purchase Visio products within the next 90 days will be eligible to receive the Visio 2000 upgrade at no charge. To place an order or obtain more information concerning Visio 2000, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

About Visio Corp.

Founded in 1990, Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software. The Seattle-based company pioneered the Windows-based drawing and diagramming software market when it launched Visio 1.0 in 1992. Since then, it has released additional visual tools that offer users unique and effective ways to think, communicate and work. With a worldwide installed base of more than 3 million users, Visio's powerful product line is the standard for businesses that need drawing and diagramming software to communicate visually. Visio offers customers the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Its products are available in as many as 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.