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MKS Toolkit Is First to Support IA64 and the 64-bit Windows Operating System Migrations

Fairfax, VA - May 21, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools for porting UNIX applications to Windows, today announced plans for supporting the Intel Itanium chip running Microsoft Windows 64-bit operating systems. Expanding the platform support will allow enterprise customers and ISVs to build and deploy UNIX applications on Windows quickly and easily. MKS will support the migration of 64-bit UNIX applications to the 64-bit Windows operating system with MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers (formerly NuTCRACKER).

True 64-bit UNIX Applications Move Easily to Windows

Fairfax, VA - May 21, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools for porting UNIX applications to Windows, today announced plans for supporting the Intel Itanium chip running Microsoft Windows 64-bit operating systems. Expanding the platform support will allow enterprise customers and ISVs to build and deploy UNIX applications on Windows quickly and easily. MKS will support the migration of 64-bit UNIX applications to the 64-bit Windows operating system with MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers (formerly NuTCRACKER).

The 64-bit version of MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers will include a full 64-bit SDK and will support both the development and deployment of 32 and 64-bit UNIX applications on the 64-bit Windows platform. Current MKS Toolkit 8.5 products operate in the 64-bit Windows world allowing customers to port existing 32-bit UNIX applications or to build native Windows applications for 32-bit Windows or the 32-bit emulation layer on 64-bit Windows.

64-bit Windows operating systems are ideal for applications that require large amounts of memory and high-performance mathematical computation, such as Web caching, data warehousing, complex mechanical design and analysis, scientific applications and research.

"We are committed to helping customers move their valuable UNIX applications to Windows as easily as possible," said Doug Miller, Director of the Microsoft Solution for UNIX Migration Program. "MKS has been a key UNIX migration partner since the early days of Windows NT and we welcome this key 64-bit solution to the MKS product family."

MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers is the proven solution for porting robust, mission-critical UNIX applications to Windows. The product allows organizations to leverage their existing investments in UNIX technology while reducing the total cost of ownership and total cost of development for applications offered on both UNIX and Windows systems. Using MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers companies can maintain a single source-code baseline and evolve applications as necessary to take advantage of Windows and .Net technologies.

"Windows Server 2003 offers great value to customers with high-performance, 64-bit computing and database requirements, but they need applications to take advantage of it," said Pat Higbie, Executive Vice President of MKS. "MKS is pleased to offer the first complete solution for porting 64-bit UNIX applications to Microsoft's newest and most powerful Windows platform yet."

Availability
MKS Toolkit products that run on 64-bit Windows platforms are available now directly from MKS and through all partners and resellers. The 64-bit release of MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers will be available in Q4 2003 directly from MKS.

About MKS
MKS Inc. ("MKS") (TSE: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 to Windows porting solutions that significantly cut development 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 and MKS Toolkit are registered trademarks and MKS AlertCentre is a trademark of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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