Vertical Computer Systems to Launch Portuguese Portal in First Quarter of 2000; Future Sites To Potentially Include Italian, French, Hebrew, Indian, And German Portals

LOS ANGELES, Jan 27, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VCSY) announced today that it intends to launch a Portuguese portal in the first quarter of 2000. The portal is to offer Portuguese-speaking web surfers an Internet search engine, free e-mail, electronic shopping, online chat, news, sports, online radio, and a business center. The introduction of the Portuguese portal is to be the second in a series of new international portals currently being developed by Vertical Computer Systems.

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Richard Wade, President stated, "Our plans are to continue to develop a series of portals in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Future plans under review and development include an Italian portal, French portal, Israeli/Hebrew portal and Indian portal. Additionally, once we enter into each country we intend to partner with other regional established suppliers of Internet infrastructure and content."

About Vertical Computer Systems

Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. is a multi-lingual portal provider, and e- commerce solutions company, based in the United States. The Company provides a full range of Internet services that include building e-commerce solutions nationally and internationally, distributing content via its multi-lingual portal network; and Internet services ( Through its majority-owned subsidiary, Externet World, Inc., the Company provides online shopping services ( and proprietary online gaming software ( Vertical Computer Systems is committed to building e-commerce communities on the Internet in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Pacific Rim.

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and actual results could differ from those discussed. This material is information only, and is not an offer or solicitation.

SOURCE: Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.