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Visio Now a Graphics Favorite on More Than One Million Desktops Worldwide

Milestone Marks the Success of the Visio Product Line as a Standard in Corporate Computing

SEATTLE, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Validating the company's vision to put powerful graphics capabilities in the hands of mainstream computer users, Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced it now has one million Visio users worldwide. Underlying this achievement is the company's work to give new meaning to business visualization, which has involved bringing Visio technology to new, emerging markets and delivering unprecedented graphics benefits for better communication and problem solving.

"Hitting the one million mark validates the need for business diagramming and technical drawing tools on the Windows® desktop," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "In addition to our own products, those products created with strategic partners apply Visio technology to new, deeper customer problems."

Since the launch of Visio® 1.0 in 1992, Visio has announced four successful product updates as well as new Visio product offerings, including Visio Technical, Visio Professional and a variety of solutions showcased on the Visio Solutions Library™ online catalog ( Visio has also identified markets representing significant opportunity for Visio technology to be applied as a visualization tool and has sought strategic partners in those markets including Microsoft Corp., SAP AG and ESRI. In addition, Visio Business Partners such as Systems Modeling Corp. and Optimal Networks have increased Visio's ability to deliver on the promise of business visualization.

Visio's one million users are a demonstration of industry support for Visio Corp. as well as a display of customer demand for Visio technology. Some of Visio's corporate customers include the following:

  • Amoco Corp.
  • AT&T Corp.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.
  • Chevron Corp.
  • Chrysler Corp.
  • Citicorp
  • Digital Equipment Corp.
  • Ericsson Business Networks
  • Fluor-Daniel Inc.
  • General Electric Co.
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Honeywell Inc.
  • Johnson Controls
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • National Semiconductor Corp.
  • Siemens Medical
  • Xerox Corp.

Visio is constantly extending drawing and diagramming solutions to other markets. The Visio Solutions Library online catalog offers Designed for Visio products for the creation of many kinds of business diagrams and technical drawings that can be used throughout organizations. A new product scheduled to ship before the end of the year, Visio Professional, offers business graphics solutions for the particular demands of information technology professionals charged with managing information systems and business processes. Looking to the future, Visio plans to further extend corporate usage while evaluating new business market opportunities and continuing to expand worldwide distribution.

Here's what the industry is saying about Visio's success to date:

"It's exciting that Visio's 'day one' commitment to the Windows-based market and support of the latest Microsoft-based technologies has played such an instrumental role in the company's success forging a significant product category," said Steve Ballmer, executive vice president of sales and support at Microsoft. "It has been a pleasure to work with Visio over the years and see it achieve notable visibility in the industry. We recognize Visio as a strategic ISV partner moving forward, and look forward to its continued success."

"An established leader in business desktop graphics applications, Visio is also looking to Internet-based solutions to further extend its reach to untapped markets," said Joan-Carol Brigham, industry analyst, International Data Corp. "The addition of the Visio Solutions Library on the Internet gives Visio an effective means of reaching new audiences with customized Visio solutions."

"Visio's open architecture and Windows-optimized platform have made it an indispensable business graphics tool for all customers - major corporations and individual end users alike," said John Dunkle, president, Workgroup Strategic Services Inc. "Visio's widespread industry acclaim continues to drive the competitive bar even higher in the business process software market."

"As one of the early participants in the Office Compatible program, Visio optimized its products for Microsoft Office, enabling business users to incorporate graphics easily into their everyday work," said Richard Fade, vice president of desktop applications at Microsoft.

"We at Amoco are very pleased, and not at all surprised, that Visio Corp. has hit the million mark so quickly with such a quality product," said Steve Flodder, director, commercial development, Amoco. "Amoco's worldwide exploration business group has adopted Visio as a standard tool for planning and flowcharting capabilities at offices worldwide, enabling our teams to visually plan, schedule and prioritize a vast amount of information."

"We at Ingram Micro are pleased with Visio's achievement of the million-user milestone," said Donalyn Frazer, senior director of purchasing, software, for Santa Ana, Calif.-based Ingram Micro Inc. "Visio is a desktop diagramming and drawing software sales leader, and subsequent Visio products are already following the successful Visio track record."

"In October, approximately 23,000 seats of Visio were licensed to Chevron. Visio is to be used by Chevron's Common Operating Environment (COE) and other desktop users," said Alice Lau, senior systems specialist of Chevron Information Technology Co. "The Chevron Visio rollout to the desktop has begun for the COE users, and Visio will also be made available to other corporate users in the coming months."

"Visio's commitment to developing world-class diagramming software will once again position you as the industry leader in 1997 and beyond," said Stephan Moylan, vice president and publisher of InfoWorld.

"With the increased usage of visuals in business and the ease of use Visio delivers with features such as OLE and drag and drop, it is no surprise that Visio has achieved 1 million customers," said Andrew Seybold, president, Andrew Seybold's Outlook on Communications and Computing. "Visio is bucking the Internet trend by delivering popular and powerful drawing solutions in a desktop application."

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 35 countries throughout the world.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark and Visio Solutions Library is a trademark of Visio Corp. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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