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Visio Designs 5-for-95 Product Bundle to Benefit Users of Windows 95

Partnership with Industry Leaders Provides Users with Essential Windows 95-Based Products

SEATTLE, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. today announced 5-for- 95™, a unique multibrand product bundle including four essential applications for Microsoft® Windows® 95 users and a highly useful book focusing on critical information about Windows 95. This high-value bundle, containing approximately $450 worth of category-leading products, will be available for an estimated street price of $195.

"Visio's reputation as a leading-edge developer for Windows and our ability to deliver Visio 4.0 on the launch day of Windows 95 have enabled us to drive this high-value retail promotion and successfully partner with other industry leaders," said Gary Gigot, vice president of marketing at Visio. "The 5-for-95 bundle is a great win for customers seeking out `must-have' products for Windows 95." The 5-for- 95 products include the following:

  • Visio® 4.0, from Visio Corp., is the industry-leading business diagramming program, designed to provide users with the ability to easily create, edit and share organizational charts, flowcharts, office layouts, timelines, block diagrams and more. Unrivaled consistency with Windows 95 and other Windows®-based applications, such as Microsoft Office for Windows 95, makes Visio 4.0 a highly usable, core desktop application.
  • Norton Navigator™, from Symantec Corp., is a robust set of 32-bit file-management tools and time-saving desktop enhancements for Windows 95 that make it easier and faster to manage files and get around the new desktop metaphor in Windows 95. Tightly integrated with Windows 95, Norton Navigator is a natural extension of the new operating system, designed for users who demand more speed, functionality and operating convenience.
  • Remove-IT® 2, from Vertisoft Systems, provides expert online guides and automatic features that help users increase available hard- disk space and enhance system performance by removing unneeded applications, files, drivers, fonts and more. Upgrade Assistant for Windows 95, a unique feature of Remove-IT 2, enables users to prepare their systems for Windows 95, configures applications into Windows 95, and cleans up after the Windows 95 upgrade.
  • SimCity 2000®, from Maxis Inc., takes urban planning into the next century with a new level of realism and sophisticated game play that takes full advantage of today's high-powered computers. Users can work with new features — such as underground water and transportation systems, elevated landscapes, comprehensive city services, stunning three-dimensional 256-color graphics, and realistic sound — to design and build cities.
  • "Using Windows 95," from Que Corp., the leading computer-book publisher, is written by industry expert Ed Bott to help users get the most out of Windows 95. The book addresses the needs of both casual and experienced users who want fast access to the best way to accomplish tasks with Windows 95. Tips, cautions, notes and troubleshooting Q&As throughout the book help readers take advantage of Windows 95, including managing fonts, using multimedia, accessing the Internet, managing networks and systems, and more.

"The 5-for-95 bundle complements Windows 95 with an impressive offering of quality applications that are ideal for users of Windows 95," said Brad Chase, general manager of the personal systems division, at Microsoft Corp. "This bundle is an excellent example of how software companies can partner together to take advantage of the industrywide impact of Windows 95."

"We believe the 5-for-95 bundle will have a high customer demand because it contains some of the best-selling products in the industry," said Marc Chouaniere, buyer at Egghead Software. "At the retail level, we're excited about the 5-for-95 offer and anticipate it will help us take advantage of the rush-to-retail phenomenon we expect with Windows 95 by generating incremental sales."

Pricing and Availability

The 5-for-95 bundle will begin shipping on Aug. 22, 1995 (appearing in retail stores approximately one to two weeks later). This bundle is a limited-time offer that will be available from leading national distributors and retail channels through early 1996. The U.S. estimated street price of 5-for-95 is $195. Each 5-for-95 product includes a complete set of disks and documentation.

Customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO[248-4746], ext. 93W, to obtain more information on 5-for-95, the location of a 5-for-95 reseller or information on any Visio product.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp., the leading drawing and diagramming software developer, was founded in October 1990. The Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing the drawing and diagramming market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992. Since then, Visio has released additional Windows- based drawing and diagramming 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 is a registered trademark and 5-for-95 is a trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Norton Navigator is a trademark of Symantec Corp. Remove-IT is a registered trademark of Vertisoft Systems. SimCity 2000 is a registered trademark of Maxis Inc.

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