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Visio Corp. Teams with Fleet & Partners and Leading Benchmarking Expert to Offer New Benchmarking Software Solution Suite

Visio Graphics Technology Chosen as a Standard in the Business-Process Market

SEATTLE, March 4 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corporation (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the bundle of its popular business diagramming program, Visio® 4.0, with leading benchmark expert Dr. Robert C. Camp's Business Process Benchmarking software and Fleet & Partners' powerful process-analysis software, BenchMarker Plus. Visio 4.0 will complement Camp's new software by providing graphics capabilities that allow users to diagram their existing processes as well as graphically represent best-practice processes for implementing benchmarking findings.

Robert C. Camp's Business Process Benchmarking software features a 10-step benchmarking process and is designed to help corporate managers learn and implement leading business-process benchmarking skills. Benchmarking is a formal method for identifying, evaluating and implementing best-practice processes, and is frequently employed by Fortune 500 companies in their business-process re-engineering efforts. Camp has experience defining benchmarking skills for more than 100,000 corporate executives worldwide and is the author of "Benchmarking: The Search for Industry Best Practices that Lead to Superior Performance" and the newly released "Business Process Benchmarking: Finding and Implementing Best Practices."

"Incorporating Visio technology into strategic corporate-computing activities such as business-process analyses brings significant benefits for users seeking more cost-effective, flexible re-engineering solutions," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "We are pleased that Dr. Robert Camp and Fleet & Partners have selected Visio as the de facto standard for business diagramming capabilities, such as flowcharting. We look forward to increasing Visio's opportunities in this growing market segment."

"Meeting the needs of a broad range of customers required that this software solution fully integrate tools with a blueprint of benchmarking methods to maximize user productivity," said Robert C. Camp. "The decision to employ Visio within this benchmarking solution was a natural one because Visio is the pioneer and technology leader for enterprisewide business diagramming."

Pricing and Availability

Dr. Robert C. Camp's Business Process Benchmarking Software Solution Suite, including Visio 4.0 and Fleet & Partners' BenchMarker Plus, supports the Microsoft® Windows® 95, Windows NT™ version 3.51 and Windows® 3.1 operating systems and is available for $995 from Fleet & Partners Inc. at (800) 684-4330, or QSoft Solutions Corp. at (800) 669- 9701. The Business Process Benchmarking Software Solution Suite also includes Camp's "Business Process Benchmarking: Finding and Implementing Best Practices," an in-depth guide to employing benchmarking solutions.

About Dr. Robert C. Camp

Dr. Robert C. Camp is president of benchmarking competency at The Quality Network Inc., a research, education and consulting firm based in Rochester, N.Y. Camp originally was responsible for creating the benchmarking program for Xerox Corp.'s logistics and distribution organization. He also helped establish the International Benchmarking Clearinghouse in Houston, of which Xerox is a founding member. Camp is currently the chairman of the Global Benchmarking Network, a worldwide network of benchmarking organizations dedicated to fostering benchmarking and encouraging best-practice sharing.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp., a leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, was founded in September 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 Windows-based products for the creation, storage and exchange of drawings and diagrams throughout enterprises. The company markets the Visio product line in more than 26 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. CompuServe is a registered trademark of CompuServe Inc.

Note: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Visio Corp., please visit the Visio home page at http://www.visio.com. Details about Visio are also available on CompuServe® and MSN™, The Microsoft Network.

To obtain more information about Fleet & Partners' Benchmarker Plus or Dr. Robert C. Camp's Business Process Benchmarking Software Solution Suite, please visit the following Web site: http://www.benchnet.com/fleet.

/CONTACT: Leslie Deitz of Visio Corporation, 206-521-4546; or Megan Prentiss, meganp@wagged.com, or Melissa Covelli, melc@wagged.com, both of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097/

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