Vertical Computer Systems Inc. Retains Coffin Communications Group as Investor Relations Counsel

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2000--Vertical Computer Systems Inc. (OTCBB:VCSY), a leading multilingual portal provider, software developer and e-commerce solutions company, today announced that it has retained Coffin Communications Group ("CCG") to implement and manage its investor relations program.

"These are exciting times for the company," said Richard Wade, President of Vertical Computer Systems. "April saw the launch of our new Portuguese-language portal, the, ( developed with Emily, the unique VCSY-designed proprietary Markup Language Executive software. With the ongoing success of our first major site, the, ( this latest portal is a continuation of our mission to build a worldwide online community through global Internet development. At this critical juncture in the company's development, we are pleased to announce the appointment of top-flight consultants to communicate our growth strategies to the investment community and the media."

Coffin Communications Group will be providing full-service investor relations for Vertical Computer Systems Inc., including strategic counsel, corporate communications, investor contact and targeted media relations.

One of the country's leading investor relations firms, Coffin Communications Group provides investor relations for over 30 publicly traded and private companies throughout the country including The Right Start Inc., Microsemi, Quality Systems Inc., Mentor Corporation, North American Scientific and Exult Inc. The full-service investor relations agency has expertise in representing companies in the Internet, high-tech, medical device, biotech and retail sectors and maintains its corporate headquarters in Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles).

For further information, contact Coffin Communications Group directly, or visit the company's Web site at

About Vertical Computer Systems

Vertical Computer Systems Inc. is a leading multilingual portal provider, software developer 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 multilingual portal networks ( (, and Internet services (

Through its wholly owned subsidiary Externet World Inc., the company provides online shopping services (

The company is also a leading developer of proprietary software for the Internet, including the Emily (MLE) Framework, a programming language that enables the creation of Web sites that intercommunicate via XML and HTTP, and online gaming software ( For more information, visit the company's Web site at