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Waterloo, ON – June 26, 2006: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a premier provider of application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, announced today the general availability of the 2006 edition of Implementer®, delivering significant enhancements for development teams in the IBM System i environment.

Significant Enhancements for System i Take Aim at Improved Visibility, Productivity and Compliance

Waterloo, ON – June 26, 2006: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a premier provider of application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, announced today the general availability of the 2006 edition of Implementer®, delivering significant enhancements for development teams in the IBM System i environment.

Significant technology trends in this market such as application modernization and SOA adoption, coupled with continued regulatory compliance demands, are causing IT organizations to adopt broader management platforms to control cross platform change. Equally, CIOs of large enterprise organizations are seeking to improve their alignment to the business by monitoring application development total spending.

To directly address these trends, MKS has added such capabilities as new portfolio management capabilities, enhanced integrations with MKS Source, and MKS Integrity, MKS’s distributed software change and configuration management and process and workflow components, plus impact analysts and auditing enhancements.

Implementer is a premier software configuration management and deployment solution for the IBM System i and has been architected to work seamlessly within a cross-platform environment, integrating with MKS Integrity. MKS provides a wholly-owned single change management solution spanning the System i and a broad range of distributed platforms.

"With the release of Implementer 2006 and MKS Integrity 2006, MKS continues to show its ongoing commitment to the needs of the IBM System i community," states John Quarantello, System i Tools Executive. "New, innovative features that enhance the WebSphere Development Studio client (WDSc) experience and more tightly integrate with MKS Integrity provide enhanced productivity for developers and improved visibility for IT managers."

Features and Benefits

New Source Repository
This release further unites Implementer with the MKS Integrity platform, offering IT organizations the ability to house System i source code with source for the rest of the organization in a single, secure repository. This repository serves as the foundation for both enhanced developer productivity, more secure controls over source code assets, and greater ability to access MKS Integrity’s application lifecycle management capabilities such as requirements management, process and workflow support and portfolio-based metrics and trending.

Enhanced graphical capabilities
In addition to an enhanced IBM WebSphere Development Studio client (WDSc) facilitated by MKS Source capabilities, Implementer also provides a unique alternative to marrying host-based development with GUI capabilities. For developers continuing to use traditional host-based tools for development, Implementer now permits key GUI capabilities to be launched directly from a developer’s 5250 emulation session.

Portfolio Management – MKS Portfolios
Lifecycle data, metrics and trending connected to the application lifecycle ensure unprecedented visibility into application development operations and investments, enabling rapid and effective decision-making. MKS Portfolios provides visibility into 100% of application development expenditures, including new software projects and ongoing application maintenance. Native System i application activity is now included in scope, allowing CIOs and IT managers to monitor development and operations metrics and trends in real time.

Auditing and Compliance
With regulations such as Sarbanes Oxley continuing to drive improvements to IT controls, MKS is delivering with this release several enhancements to Implementer’s audit capabilities. In addition to securing of source code in a single repository, a new verification feature detects violations of change control procedures and detects the introduction of backdoor changes into customer business applications. Many other panels and reports have been enhanced to provide more detail information of interest during the audit process.

And much more
This sweeping Implementer release contains over 250 separate improvements driven as a result of customer feedback, aimed at further simplifying the everyday tasks of software developers and system administrators. Some of these changes include new impact analysis improvements which contribute to higher quality applications, simplified registering of applications to Implementer, and further commitment to 3rd party products with enhanced integrations for CA AllFusion 2E, LANSA, Oracle’s PeopleSoft World, and Pathfinder Systems’ Hawkeye.

For a more information on Implementer 2006 core capabilities, please visit: http://www.mks.com/products/implementer

For a full overview of what’s new in the release of Implementer 2006, please visit: http://www.mks.com/downloads/im2006_whatsnew.pdf

Availability
Implementer 2006 is now available directly from MKS. For pricing and sales information, please contact your MKS sales representative at 1-800-265-2797 (North America), +44 1483 733919 (UK), +49 711 351775 0 (Germany) or +65-6832-5534 (Asia Pacific). Upgrading customers can now download Implementer directly from the MKS Customer Community.

About MKS
MKS is the premier provider of application lifecycle management solutions for the global 1000. MKS's flagship ALM solution, MKS Integrity, is the most highly integrated ALM platform in the industry today, spanning all aspects of the software development lifecycle and supporting critical business transformations including SOA, application rationalization and outsourcing. MKS Integrity's single architecture drives high levels of user productivity, facilitates rapid deployment and process standardization while delivering a complete view of application development activity through real time metrics, trends and reporting. MKS Integrity also provides essential support for IT operations through software deployment and issue management. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS's solution strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS's software to enable higher levels of process maturity, better manage global development activity and safeguard their most critical business applications and software assets. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS also provides UNIX-Windows co-existence and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market, while enabling enhanced performance. 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), +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom), +65-6832-5534 (Asia Pacific) and 1-519-884-2251 (Rest of World).

Copyright © 2006 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. 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. 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. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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