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Visio Teams with Microsoft Japan to Offer Special Microsoft Office Bundle

Promotion Bundles Visio's Powerful Business Diagramming Tool with Leading Office Suite

SEATTLE, April 23 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corporation (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced a special product bundle of Visio Express™ 4.0, a scaled-down version of Visio's flagship business diagramming software program, with the Kanji version of Microsoft® Office Professional for the Windows® 95 operating system. The bundle is available for a limited time primarily through retail channels throughout Japan.

"The Kanji version of Visio 4.0, released last May, has achieved great success as the best-selling business diagramming software in the Japanese market by meeting the needs of professionals who rely on visual communication, but did not previously have the proper tools to help them express their ideas," said Kevin Brown, managing director of Asia/Pacific and Latin America at Visio. "A combination including Visio Express and Microsoft Office Professional, the dominant office suite on the market, provides users a powerful business diagramming tool, helping them to better communicate their ideas and meet a broad range of business needs critical to their success."

Visio Express 4.0 features select diagramming types, allowing users to incorporate business diagrams such as flowcharts, maps, project timelines, organizational charts and office space plans into their everyday work. In addition, based on the same engine as Visio® 4.0, Visio Express 4.0 takes advantage of third-generation support for OLE and OLE Automation, allowing users to seamlessly integrate Visio drawings with the Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint®, Word and Microsoft Access desktop applications. And because Visio Express 4.0 is a 32-bit application, it has unrivaled consistency with both Office 95 and Windows 95, supporting features such as the Office Binder, long file names, Quick View previews, and extensive implementation of the right mouse button.

Pricing and Availability

The suggested retail price for the bundle, including Visio Express 4.0 in CD-ROM format, is 40,000 yen (approximately $400 U.S. currency). The price of the upgrade version is 32,000 yen (approximately $320 U.S. currency). To obtain additional information on the bundle or on any Visio product in Japan, customers can contact ASCII Something Good Corp. in Tokyo at +81-3-5351-8080.

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 and Visio Express is a trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft, Windows, PowerPoint 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 Details about Visio are also available on CompuServe® and MSN™, The Microsoft Network.

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