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HP Adopts Visio as an Enterprisewide Desktop Application

Worldwide Implementation Illustrates Visio's Value as a Standard Graphics Solution

SEATTLE, April 1 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HWP) today announced the conclusion of a corporate licensing agreement for worldwide acquisition of Visio® drawing and diagramming software for internal use at HP. Visio has been included as a desktop application within HP's PC Common Operating Environment — the common set of tools delivered to every PC throughout the corporation.

Visio is a Microsoft® Windows®-based business diagramming tool designed to give mainstream computer users the ability to create and share working business diagrams throughout an organization. Visio can be used for functions such as cross-functional process mapping, organizational charting and network diagramming. In addition, Visio Technical, a superset of Visio designed for creating technical drawings, can be used for applications such as software diagramming, facilities management and creating engineering schematics. Additional after-market Visio Shapes, such as manufacturer-specific network equipment shapes, also are available for users to incorporate within a custom Visio solution meeting the specific needs of a business organization.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Co. is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 105,200 employees and had revenue of $31.5 billion in its 1995 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

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.

To place an order or to obtain more information on any Visio product, customers can contact Visio at (800) 24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft, Windows 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. The Microsoft Network is operated by Microsoft Corp. on behalf of Microsoft Network LLC.

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

/CONTACT: Melissa Covelli of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097, E-mail:


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