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MKS Source Integrity Enterprise and MKS Toolkit for Developers Named as Software Development Magazine's Jolt Award Finalists

Waterloo, ON - March 6, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to manage and control the software development process, today announced that MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition, its award-winning, enterprise software configuration management solution, and MKS Toolkit® for Developers, its industry-leading Windows automation tool for system administration and development in a pure Windows or mixed UNIX/Linux and Windows environment, were selected as finalists for the Utilities category in the 12th annual Software Development Magazine's Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards.

Waterloo, ON - March 6, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to manage and control the software development process, today announced that MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition, its award-winning, enterprise software configuration management solution, and MKS Toolkit® for Developers, its industry-leading Windows automation tool for system administration and development in a pure Windows or mixed UNIX/Linux and Windows environment, were selected as finalists for the Utilities category in the 12th annual Software Development Magazine's Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards.

Each year, Software Development Magazine honors the development tools that "jolted" the corporate software development industry, in terms of increasing developer productivity, heralding a new development paradigm, or making development faster, easier, and more efficient.

A seasoned team of Software Development editors, expert advisers and columnists reviewed over 700 new products and chose 49 finalists in six categories. Winners will be announced and honored at an awards ceremony at the Software Development Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA this April.

This is the sixth time MKS products have been nominated for Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards. MKS Toolkit won the coveted Jolt Award in 1993, and was selected for Productivity Awards in 1994 and 1996. MKS Source Integrity was selected for a Productivity Award in 1995. In 2000, MKS's product CodeRover Browser (now within MKS Engineer Integrity) also won a Productivity Award for the first time.

Rick Wayne, a contributing editor for Software Development Magazine, commented in an article last October, "On the off chance you haven't heard of MKS Source Integrity, it's one of the stalwarts of the software configuration management community. What's new and noteworthy is that MKS has rebuilt its products from the architecture outward - better, stronger and faster." Since that time, MKS has added additional features and enhancements, including "a graphical view of the project's revision tree, allowing developers to merge within the graphical view with a drag-and-drop, done!"

MKS Toolkit for Developers provides users with a familiar environment and set of tools that allows them to be immediately productive and leverage their existing expertise. Software developers, Web developers, systems administrators, and power users have come to rely on these proven products for this reason, along with obtaining un-paralleled support and increased functionality based on customer demand.

"We are thrilled to receive such recognition from a leading industry publication," says David Martin, MKS vice president, product management. "This prestigious acknowledgement of MKS Source Integrity Enterprise Edition validates MKS's commitment to build the best SCM tools in the business, radically simplifying the development, deployment and management of mission-critical enterprise software applications and to meet developer's continually evolving needs, with innovative and high quality software configuration management tools."

"We never stop working to add new value to MKS Toolkit for Developers to keep it relevant in the rapidly changing world that software developers have to perform in," said Pat Higbie, executive vice president of MKS Software, Inc. "We appreciate this recognition from Software Development Magazine and the ongoing loyalty of over 500,000 Toolkit customers."

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).

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

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