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MKS Continues to Enhance Toolkit® Product Family

Fairfax, VA, May 22, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), announced today the release of MKS Toolkit version 8.1, the company's comprehensive solution for development task automation, system administration, and availability monitoring. The MKS Toolkit 8.1 product line continues the MKS tradition of delivering significant new features in every release. Version 8.1 also offers many enhancements to existing features as well as support for the new Windows 64-bit operating system.

MKS Toolkit 8.1 Delivers Improved Secure Shell (SSH), AlertCentre™, Connectivity, and IA-64 Support

Fairfax, VA, May 22, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), announced today the release of MKS Toolkit version 8.1, the company's comprehensive solution for development task automation, system administration, and availability monitoring. The MKS Toolkit 8.1 product line continues the MKS tradition of delivering significant new features in every release. Version 8.1 also offers many enhancements to existing features as well as support for the new Windows 64-bit operating system.

MKS Toolkit 8.1 includes the following new features:

     

  • Secure Utilities and Connectivity Suite. MKS Toolkit 8.1 includes a brand new release of the secure utilities (SSH); new configuration tabs in the MKS Toolkit control panel applet for secure shell, remote utilities, and telnet; new Start menu entries for quick connectivity; the openssl cryptography utility; and a brand new Connectivity Solutions Guide.
  • Enhancements to AlertCentre. AlertCentre boasts an improved ping monitor, monitor timeouts, SSL certificate monitoring, secure (HTTPS) web page monitoring, web form monitoring, and web redirector monitoring.
  • Modifications to Web and HTML Utilities. The suite of web and HTML utilities in MKS Toolkit is now even more robust, including support for transferring files over secure HTTPS (SSL) connections, support for POSTs and redirectors, support for proxy servers and firewalls, support for parsing XML documents, and improved HTML parsing.
  • Support for New Versions of Windows and Visual Studio. MKS Toolkit 8.1 supports Windows XP for IA-64 (MKS Toolkit for System Administrators and MKS Toolkit for Developers only), the final version of Visual Studio.NET, and Japanese XVision 7.31 for Windows XP.
  • Usability Enhancements. MKS Toolkit 8.1 has several new Start menu entries, improved centralized configuration in the MKS Toolkit control panel applet, new Windows XP-style icons, and file association scripts.
  • Other Improvements. Included with MKS Toolkit 8.1 are a new version of the Backup Solutions Guide, expanded to discuss our compression and decompression technology; timeouts to various utilities that have the potential to access unavailable resources across a network, a Microsoft Exchange header compatibility mode in the mailx utility, and enhanced time zone handling in the smtpmail utility.

"MKS Toolkit 8.1 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to deliver great enhancements and new features to our customers," said Tom Bosanko, President of MKS Software. "These enhancements provide excellent value at very low cost to our Customers who own Preferred Customer Subscriptions, and provide a host of compelling reasons for our customers with old versions of MKS Toolkit to update to the latest software."

Pricing and Availability
MKS Toolkit 8.1 products are available immediately at suggested retail prices starting at US $359. You can purchase these products via the MKS Web Store at http://webstore.mks.com/webstore/, or from any software reseller. Customers with old versions who wish to update to version 8.1 may contact MKS directly at 1-800-637-8034 or +1-703-803-3343.

About MKS
MKS Inc. ("MKS") (TSE:MKX) provides software solutions enabling development teams to analyze, build and deploy traditional and web-based software systems quickly and reliably. The company's award-winning family of MKS Integrity software configuration management (SCM) products, offer advanced technology with robust workflow, code management, and impact analysis capabilities. MKS also provides interoperability solutions under its popular MKS Toolkit brand for UNIX-Windows co-existence, cross-platform development, 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).

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