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Visio to License Visual Basic for Applications from Microsoft

License of Popular Windows Development Tool to Further Solutions Creation on Visio Graphics Platform

CHICAGO, June 4 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced it has signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to incorporate Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) into future versions of Visio® products. Visio's inclusion of VBA, the same language technology that powers Microsoft® Office and Visual Basic 4.0, will offer users a common set of tools for customizing Visio and other programs that support the Microsoft ActiveX™ Automation interapplication programming interface (formerly referred to as OLE). Access to VBA in future versions of Visio products will offer customers a complete programming environment for graphical application development and provide increased functionality for reusing code and working with third- party object models. This agreement will also further Visio's investment in facilitating the work of developers who utilize Visio's open architecture and world-class support for ActiveX Automation to build graphics-based components for the Microsoft Windows® environment.

"More than 3 million developers are actively creating applications with Visual Basic and Visual Basic for Applications, making this technology the most widely used development environment in the computing industry," said Ted Johnson, Visio co-founder and vice president of worldwide products. "Our early commitment to ActiveX technology has played a critical role in establishing Visio as a graphics solution platform. Now, by providing customers with the same Visual Basic language technology used in the Microsoft Office suite, we can share our Visio-based developer expertise more efficiently with a broader audience, and one that is already familiar with VBA as a development language."

"Visio was a pioneer in utilizing ActiveX technology for the construction of its own product line, and we're elated that the company has a similar interest in offering its customers internal access to Office-compatible programmability," said Bob Muglia, vice president, developer tools at Microsoft Corp. "Visio's license of Visual Basic for Applications is a perfect fit, given the company's longtime support of advanced Windows technology."

Continued Commitment to Windows Platform

Since the launch of Visio 1.0 in 1992, Visio has gained a competitive advantage in its work to deepen the creation and exchange of Visio drawings and diagrams in enterprise computing through the application of advanced Windows technology. Visio's unprecedented support for ActiveX Automation has enabled developers to realize significant benefits of accessing Visio's object model to extend its shrink-wrapped functionality. Continued interest in supporting fundamental Windows technology also led the company to help Microsoft establish the Office Compatible program in early 1994 and enabled Visio to be one of the few companies to announce support for the Office 95 Binder last August. Visio's licensing of VBA, coupled with its continued commitment to Office compatibility, will translate into increased efficiencies for users working with and developing upon the Visio graphics platform.

"The combination of Visio, the world's leading drawing and diagramming software, and Visual Basic, the world's leading programming language, will provide developers with a set of standard, predictable and proven software tools to develop ActiveX and Microsoft Office- compliant graphics solutions," said Don Brown, president of WinSHAPES Inc., a software development company formed to create content and applications based on Visio software. The inclusion of VBA within Visio's future products is scheduled for later this year. Those interested in more information about the Visio product line can contact Visio Corp. at (800) 24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit Visio's Web page at Details about Visio are also available on CompuServe and MSN™, The Microsoft Network.

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 and has since released additional Windows-based products for the creation and exchange of drawings and diagrams in business. Visio's powerful product architecture, combined with partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments, is establishing Visio as a desktop platform standard for the creation of graphical solutions. The company markets the Visio product line in more than 26 countries throughout the world.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are fluctuations in quarterly performance, dependence on other products including Microsoft Windows, competition in the business drawing and diagramming software market, timing and customer acceptance of new products, and changes in general economic conditions. Additional information concerning these and other risks is described in the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus contained in the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed by the Company on Sept. 15, 1995, and, from time to time, in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, which include the Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1996. Actual results may differ materially.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft, Visual Basic, ActiveX, Windows and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are held by their respective companies.

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