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Monday, 15-Jun-98 14:58:15 EDT

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INTERLEAF ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR MICROSOFT WORD IN UPCOMING XML CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Paris, France – May 20, 1998 – Today at SGML/XML Europe 98, Interleaf, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAF) announced plans to integrate its upcoming XML assembly environment, code named BladeRunner, with Microsoft Word. BladeRunner will deliver the information repurposing and sharing benefits of XML to entire organizations by enabling any Microsoft Word user to create and contribute valid XML content

"Corporations will achieve the potential benefits of XML only if users are able to easily create structured documents with their current authoring tools," said Ralf Harteneck, Microsoft’s General Manager of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. "BladeRunner aims to deliver on this goal by generating and applying the document structure in the background, while presenting users with their familiar Word environment."

"Extending the power of XML to the average desktop will help create a content management backbone that facilitates the sharing of information across the extended enterprise," said Jaime Ellertson, Interleaf’s President and CEO.

BladeRunner is part of Interleaf’s XML Content Management Solution, which the company will unveil this summer. The improved communication, reduced time to delivery and cost reduction benefits of XML come from its ability to facilitate the assembly of textual information and data from a variety of sources and to encode this information in a common intelligent electronic format. This provides for easy dissemination, searching, repurposing and sharing of information. To achieve these benefits, BladeRunner will integrate capabilities to design the document structure, apply the structure to an authoring environment, place information content in the structure and publish to any media is required. BladeRunner will be the first fully-integrated facility to accomplish this end-to-end process for active publishing of intelligent documents. It is scheduled for general availability this October.

About Interleaf

Interleaf, Inc. provides software solutions for publishing complex, active documents across the extended enterprise. Its content management products integrate electronic publishing, document management, distribution and Web technologies, making it easy for customers to assemble, manage, retrieve, distribute and publish business-critical information across the enterprise and beyond. Interleaf is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with offices around the world. Information about Interleaf's products is available from Interleaf Direct at 1.800.955.5323 or on the World Wide Web at http://www.interleaf.com.

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Interleaf is a trademark of Interleaf, Inc. Microsoft Word is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Interleaf’s actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Certain factors that might cause such a difference include, among other things, the failure of XML to emerge as a market standard or to play an important role in describing data on the Web or to gain market acceptance, difficulties in product development, delays in product release, changes in technology, and those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" on page 15 of the Company's Annual Report to Shareholders, as incorporated by reference into Item 7 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K dated June 30, 1997

 



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