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MKS Named to SD Times 100 List of Innovators and Leaders in IT Collaboration for Second Year Running

Waterloo, ON - May 25, 2004: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions for the Global 1000, today announced it was named to the annual SD Times 100 list in the "Collaboration" category for the second year running. The annual SD Times 100 recognizes 2003’s leaders and innovators of the software development industry. For the full May 15, 2004 special report, "SD Times 100: The Best of the Best," click here: http://www.sdtimes.com/news/102/special1.htm.

Waterloo, ON - May 25, 2004: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions for the Global 1000, today announced it was named to the annual SD Times 100 list in the "Collaboration" category for the second year running. The annual SD Times 100 recognizes 2003’s leaders and innovators of the software development industry. 

"The SD Times 100 looked for companies which set a direction that developers and the industry followed in 2003," said Alan Zeichick, editor-in-chief of SD Times. "When choosing the SD Times 100, we carefully considered each company’s offerings and reputation, as well as the attention and conversation we’ve heard around the company and its products and technologies, as a sign of leadership within the industry. This time, we also had to consider if companies had enough impact to knock off others that earned a place in the inaugural SD Times 100, presented in the June 1, 2003, issue of the newspaper." 

MKS has also recently appeared in the pages of SD Times to offer its expertise on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (See the April 1, 2004 article, "Complying with Sarbanes-Oxley,"as well as in the same May 15, 2004 issue of the SD Times 100, "The Selling of Sarbanes-Oxley."

"We are honored to be named to the SD Times 100 list for the second year running as one of the ‘Best of the Best’ in the industry," says Michael Harris, MKS chief operating officer. "MKS continues on its path of innovation in the enterprise SCM market and our core values of process flexibility, low total cost of ownership and enterprise adaptability are resonating with enterprise organizations seeking to gain higher levels of IT efficiency and process maturity while improving software quality. We thank the editors at SD Times for their continued recognition."

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).

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