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Wednesday, October 22, 1997 < Prev Next >

Visio Announces Support of Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server

Facilitates Streamlined Network Install of Visio Software for Small Business Users

SEATTLE, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced it will support Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server, the highly anticipated newest member of the BackOffice family, within Visio® software programs by the first quarter of 1998. Visio will take advantage of application integration through the BackOffice Small Business Server console, allowing users to install and maintain its business diagramming and technical drawing software applications more easily. Visio's support of an integrated server suite like Small Business Server addresses the needs of small businesses by offering them an integrated, easy-to-use, easily deployed solution to manage and grow their business.

"Support of BackOffice Small Business Server will more efficiently facilitate the deployment of Visio applications in businesses with 25 or fewer PCs," said Peter Mullen, general manager of the business products unit at Visio. "We are encouraged that this 'network-ready' capability will further advance Visio software programs as a standard in small business."

"Visio has a long-standing record of supporting advanced Windows technology in offering customers a competitive edge in ease of use and productivity," said Rich Tong, vice president of marketing, personal and business systems group at Microsoft Corp. "Visio's support of Small Business Server will further ensure that small business users can easily integrate Visio software within their network solutions."

The Visio product line brings natural and intuitive solutions to businesses by enabling users to visually express, analyze and resolve job-specific problems. Visio's ease of use and versatility have made it an instant favorite for a variety of business diagramming and technical drawing needs, such as flowcharts, organizational charts, network diagrams, space plans and technical schematics. Subsequently, members of Visio's core product family — Visio Standard, Visio Professional and Visio Technical — have gained acceptance in business as key productivity applications. According to PC Data, Visio has achieved a 50 percent market share through distribution among all drawing and diagramming products. All Visio products support advanced Windows technology, such as tight integration within the Microsoft Office environment and support of enabling technologies such as Microsoft ActiveX and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.

Designed for companies with 25 or fewer PCs, Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server is a complete solution for sharing files, databases, printers, electronic mail, fax services, applications, and other resources all from one server. Small Business Server supports Microsoft Office and other applications for Microsoft Windows.

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 currently markets the Visio product line in nine languages and in more than 35 countries, with more than 1.5 million users throughout the world.

NOTE: Visio is either a trademark or registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W.

SOURCE Visio Corporation

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