Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition is the latest product from Microsoft Corp.’s Business Productivity group and is geared toward IT professionals who need to map out and manage LANs and WANs, database designs, software development projects, and Web sites. Visio 2000 provides a customizable library of symbols and connectors, a straightforward drag-and-drop drawing interface, and the capability of outputting drawings as Web pages, PowerPoint slide shows, and other formats. Two important new features in Enterprise Edition – AutoDiscovery and AutoLayout – make quick work of diagramming networks by automatically locating, identifying, and mapping common network devices. Enterprise Edition can also diagram directory services, including Microsoft Active Directory, NDS, and LDAP. The Enterprise Edition, with features such as AutoDiscovery and AutoLayout, Web publishing, database model diagramming and organization, and flow charts is priced at US$999. Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash. can be reached at

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