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Manpower of France Selects Viasoft Technology; Software Products Will Be Used For Euro Currency, Year 2000, General Maintenance and Modernization IT Projects.

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 1998--Viasoft, Inc. (Nasdaq NM: VIAS), a leading provider of business solutions to help companies manage and evolve their information technology assets, announced today it signed a licensing agreement with Manpower, France. The agreement is valued at 4,000,000 French francs ($640,000 US) and involves the purchase of several products from Viasoft's Existing Systems Workbench(R) (ESW(R)) suite of information technology tools. Viasoft's ESW is a powerful, integrated toolset that enables the management and enhancement of existing mainframe computer systems.

Viasoft's ESW tools will be used on several Manpower information technology (IT) projects including: euro currency conversion program, year 2000 code conversion and maintenance projects based around improving software quality of the company's mainframe systems. The products will be used within Manpower's IT department based at its corporate headquarters in Paris, France.

The tools purchased will address each stage of Manpower's project IT lifecycle from initial assessing and understanding of the size of the project (VIA/Alliance(R), VIA/Insight(R)) through actual code conversion (VIA/AutoChange(tm), VIA/SmartEdit(R) and Bridge for Euro(tm)) to testing the final results for functional equivalency (ESW Testing Tools).

"After much research and evaluation, we decided on Viasoft's ESW range because it offered complementary products throughout the project lifecycle for our euro, year 2000 and maintenance projects," stated M. Boulland, financial director from Manpower. "No other company seemed to offer such a solution which could be tailored easily across these projects."

"We are excited to be providing Manpower with a powerful suite of software tools to assist with the company's euro, year 2000 and mainframe modernization projects," said Ludovic Clement, Managing Director of Viasoft France. "The use of Viasoft technology will help Manpower harness the power of its IT systems to increase its competitiveness in the marketplace. We are proud that Manpower has chosen Viasoft over competing solutions to help it evolve and renew its IT systems for future growth."

About Manpower

In France, Manpower's turnover reached FF 15.9 billion in 1997, increasing by 37% against the previous year. Set up as a network of 750 short-term employment offices, it has 3,000 permanent employees and manages over 65,000 corporate clients (small and medium-sized firms, large French and international companies) in the building and civil engineering, transport and service industries. With its ISO 9002 certification, Manpower handles over 100,000 temporary workers daily.

Manpower is the leading employment company in the world with consolidated sales of US $8.9 billion. Operating 2,800 offices in 48 countries, it currently provides jobs to 1.5 million people (550 million hours worked) with 250,000 corporate clients.

About Viasoft

Viasoft is a leading provider of business solutions, consisting of integrated technology and specialized professional consulting services, designed to enable customers worldwide to cost-effectively manage and evolve their information technology assets. Viasoft's flagship products are the Existing Systems Workbench, a comprehensive, integrated toolset that enables the management of existing systems; Rochade(TM), an enterprise repository environment; and the OnMark 2000(TM) suite of tools for the desktop and client/server year 2000 challenge.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Viasoft provides sales and services through regional offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, the Asia/Pacific region and a growing network of international subsidiaries and distributors. For more information on Viasoft's products and services, please visit the Company's World Wide Web site at

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, market demand and acceptance, the impact of competitive products and services, risks associated with results and timing of technology development and commercialization, the Company's ability to manage growth and acquisitions of technology or businesses, the effect of economic and business conditions including risks inherent in international operations and the ability to attract and retain technical personnel, risks associated with, as well as the Company's ability to manage, a consulting services business and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Note to Editors: (c) 1998 Viasoft, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Viasoft(R) is a registered trademark of Viasoft, Inc.

CONTACT: Viasoft, Inc., Phoenix

Judy L. Redman, 602/667-2849

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