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MKS Delivers Industry Leading Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) Capabilities into Eclipse

Waterloo, ON – May 29, 2008: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX), the rapidly growing thought leader in application lifecycle management, today announced a completely re-engineered integration with Eclipse - the dominant development environment for Java.

Waterloo, ON – May 29, 2008: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) the rapidly growing thought leader in application lifecycle management, today announced a completely re-engineered integration with Eclipse - the dominant development environment for Java.

MKS has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner's January 2008 "Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms". This integration exposes the industry leading SCCM functionality offered by MKS Integrity, MKS' application lifecycle management platform, directly within the Eclipse development environment. The new integration streamlines the developer experience, offering the following enhancements to improve productivity and promote ease of use:

  • Full support for refactoring operations - refactoring, which involves significant structural changes to configurations, such as moves and renames, is a common activity in Agile development methodologies and often a necessity when maintaining legacy applications. MKS Integrity records Move and Rename operations as such, rather than recording these actions as Adds and Drops, thereby supporting the most complex refactoring methods available within Eclipse.
  • Streamlined interface and simplified MKS menus - interaction with MKS is more intuitive for the user, with improved behavior and performance of decorators and common operations occurring automatically based on Eclipse gestures such as adding, editing, and deleting files.
  • Ability to manage change at a task level via MKS Change Packages - change packages connect change management workflow to source code, allowing developers to intuitively manage change at a task level and easily switch between tasks. Change Packages selection and creation is more user-friendly within Eclipse, and the Eclipse Synchronize view can now be filtered by the active change package to display only the current task's work in progress.
  • Ability for developers to work offline - additions, deletions, and edits done offline are automatically registered as changes once back online, giving developers greater freedom in how they work.

"Based on feedback from our customers who have made a strategic investment in Eclipse, MKS has made support for the Eclipse platform a key aspect of our core product development. This integration is a significant step in making Eclipse a first class interface into the full functionality of MKS Integrity," says MKS Product Manager, Colin Doyle. "Developers will enjoy a seamless experience - gaining access to sophisticated SCCM features without ever needing to leave their IDE and Managers in turn will reap the benefits of greater productivity and efficiency. We are pleased to continue our tradition of driving innovation for application lifecycle management within the Eclipse community. "

The integration with Eclipse is available to MKS Integrity customers using Eclipse 3.2.x or 3.3.x based IDEs. MKS Integrity also supports the IBM Rational family of Eclipse-based development tools and Borland JBuilder versions 2007 and 2008. The specific IBM Rational products supported are Rational Application Developer 7.0, Rational Software Modeler 7.0, Rational Software Architect 7.0, Websphere Developer Studio Client for System i 7.0 and Rational Developer for System i 7.1. For more information, contact MKS Sales at 1-800-613-7435 or sales@mks.com.

Existing customers on maintenance may download the integration as part of MKS Integrity 2007 Service Pack 2 from the MKS Customer Community at: http://www.mks.com/community or it can be requested from MKS Customer Care at: support@mks.com.

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About MKS
MKS is the rapidly growing thought leader in application lifecycle management, which enables software engineering and IT organization to seamlessly manage their worldwide software development activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software development activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our Web site at http://www.mks.com.

About MKS Integrity
MKS Integrity is an enterprise application lifecycle management platform that coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with software development including Requirements Management, System Design, Software Configuration Management, Change Management, Test Management, Defect Management, Release Management and Portfolio Management for custom built and packaged applications

MKS Integrity provides consistent capabilities across all disciplines of the application lifecycle by defining hierarchies, relationships and change management processes for numerous user defined application artifacts. Unlike other ALM offerings that have been assembled by acquisition, our unified platform provides enterprise class scalability and multi-platform capability to support large scale software reuse initiatives, workflow-based collaboration and rich mining of application activity data to deliver higher team productivity, visibility and compliance for software engineering and IT organizations.

Copyright © 2008 MKS Inc. MKS and MKS Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Although the Company believes the expectations represented by such forward looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those expectations will prove to be correct. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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