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MKS Announces Latest Release of Market-leading UNIX-Windows Interoperability Tools

Fairfax, VA - September 9, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX) announced today the release of version 8.6 of its widely acclaimed MKS Toolkit® product line. The MKS Toolkit products provide robust scripting and porting tools to automate tasks and aid in migrating UNIX applications to Windows. MKS Toolkit products provide essential UNIX-Windows interoperability functionality to millions of users worldwide.

Significant Shell Performance Gains Lead the Way in MKS Toolkit 8.6

Fairfax, VA - September 9, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX) announced today the release of version 8.6 of its widely acclaimed MKS Toolkit® product line. The MKS Toolkit products provide robust scripting and porting tools to automate tasks and aid in migrating UNIX applications to Windows. MKS Toolkit products provide essential UNIX-Windows interoperability functionality to millions of users worldwide.

MKS Toolkit 8.6 includes significant enhancements to its user productivity, platform interoperability and application portability features, which will allow users to operate better than ever in mixed UNIX-Windows environments.

"We use MKS Toolkit on our Windows servers to automate administrative tasks, streamline day-to-day activities, and to analyze log files", says Jeffrey Nolle, Technical Services Manager at Knights Direct. "MKS Toolkit is a great tool that brings the power of UNIX to your Windows environment. I would hate to administer a Windows system without it."

New features in MKS Toolkit 8.6 include:

  • MKS KornShell performance improvements: Along with adding many more features as listed in the ksh93 specification and providing the ability to save and restore the KornShell environment the new MKS KornShell boasts performance gains of up to 200% in terms of initial startup as well as in running scripts and script based applications.
  • Addition of BASH: Customizing command shell operating environment and executing UNIX scripts without translation is even easier with MKS Toolkit 8.6 as the Bourne Again Shell (bash) joins the existing Korn, C, and other shells within the product providing the widest array of command environments available on Windows.
  • Enhanced UNIX to Windows connectivity suite: An up to date version of the Secure Shell service and utilities along with smartcard support for public key storage as well as a new rlogind service significantly enhance the ability to connect to and from UNIX and Windows machines in an automated and secure way.
  • Support for newest Windows operating systems: The new version of the MKS Toolkit product family fully supports both Windows Server 2003 and the 64-bit Windows operating system on IA-64.
  • Support for 64-bit Files, etc.: Large file support in all tools and APIs, sparse file support on NTFS, remote process control for ps and kill, new compression and web content manipulation utilities and enhanced build commands.

"MKS Toolkit 8.6 directly addresses improvements and features requested by our loyal Toolkit customers," said Tom Bosanko, President of the MKS Interoperability Division. "We have added over 150 new commands and over 500 new API's to MKS Toolkit products in the last 5 years to empower our customers to protect technology investments and maximize productivity in their heterogeneous, UNIX-Windows computing environments."

Pricing and Availability
MKS Toolkit products are available immediately at suggested retail prices starting at US $359. You can purchase products directly from MKS http://www.mkssoftware.com/sales, via the Web Store at http://webstore.mks.com/webstore, or from any software reseller and is available in North America through distribution at Ingram Micro and internationally through authorized partners.

Customers with current PCS contracts may request their free upgrades at http://www.mkssoftware.com/support/updates.asp. Customers with old versions who wish to update to version 8.5 may contact MKS directly at 1-800-637-8034, 1-703-803-3343, in the UK at +44 1483 733922 or through your local reseller.

About MKS
MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX) provides award-winning enterprise software configuration management (SCM) and interoperability software solutions enabling Global 1000 companies to better manage and control the complete process of software development. The Company's family of SCM products offers advanced technology with robust workflow, version control, and impact analysis capabilities. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS provides UNIX-Windows co-existence, and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market while enabling enhanced performance. Founded in 1984 with over 10,000 customers worldwide, MKS has built its brand on the foundation of advanced technology, superior quality and extraordinary customer service. More information about MKS can be found at http://www.mks.com, or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), and +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom).

MKS, MKS Source Integrity, MKS Integrity Manager, MKS Integrity Solution, MKS Toolkit and MKS AlertCentre are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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