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MKS Tops First Annual SD Times 100 List of Innovators and Leaders in Collaboration

Waterloo ON - June 3, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced it has topped the first annual SD Times 100 list in the "Collaboration" category. The SD Times 100 recognizes 2002's leaders and innovators of the software development industry.

Waterloo ON - June 3, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced it has topped the first annual SD Times 100 list in the "Collaboration" category. The SD Times 100 recognizes 2002'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 2002," 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."

SD Times named MKS as its top pick in the Collaboration category, ahead of competitors Merant, Rational, Serena, and Telelogic. In naming MKS their top choice, SD Times editors wrote, "MKS continues to expand into the enterprise with significant upgrades to MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition and MKS Integrity Manager™, including an innovative MKS Federated Server™ architecture." 

Last week, on May 27, 2003, MKS announced continued enhancements to its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solution, with advancements in the areas of production, administration, reporting, collaboration, usability and performance, and launched new build and deployment capabilities for secure production control. Read the full press release at http://www.mks.com/press/releases/030527a.shtml.

"We are honored by this industry recognition from the editors at SD Times. It's a tremendous tribute to MKS's long term technology leadership in the application development marketplace," says Michael Harris, MKS chief operating officer. "As the editors noted, MKS has embarked on a period of aggressive innovation in the enterprise SCM market. Our original application server architecture sets us apart in the competitive field, and has enabled us to deliver new levels of next generation capability to our customers and to the market, delivering the highest value at the lowest cost."

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).

MKS, MKS Source Integrity Enterprise, MKS Integrity Manager, MKS Federated Server, 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.

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