MKS Solves Enterprise Interoperability Challenges

Comprehensive Solution Capitalizes on Strengths of Mixed Windows NT

Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0 and UNIX Environment

Nov 10, 1998, 00:00 ET from Mortice Kern Systems Inc.

    WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortice Kern Systems Inc. (MKS)
 (Toronto: MKX) today announced a solution to finally bring to an end the pain
 corporations suffer in trying to fit together disparate Windows NT Workstation
 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0 and UNIX(R) operating systems.
     The MKS Toolkit(R) Update Edition is targeted directly at corporate
 Windows NT systems administrators and developers who suffer the pains of
 working with two essential, but very different computing environments --
 Windows NT and UNIX.  The MKS offering is an upsell to the Microsoft Windows
 NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack, also officially released today by Microsoft
 Corporation(R) (Nasdaq:   MSFT).  The availability of both products brings to
 corporate customers unsurpassed UNIX programming and systems management
 capabilities on the Windows NT platform, enabling companies to finally knit
 together the two operating systems.
     "Our enterprise customers are deploying Windows NT Workstation and
 Windows NT Server alongside UNIX systems and they are grappling with the issue
 of total enterprise interoperability.  Through the delivery of our Windows NT
 Services for UNIX Add-On Pack, Microsoft has chosen to tackle this challenge
 head on, solving customer problems today.  MKS extends the Microsoft offering
 further by providing additional programming and management capabilities," says
 Frank Artale, general manager for enterprise systems management at Microsoft
     "Customers such as Lucent, Siemens, Intel and Salomon Smith Barney have
 all experienced the challenge of knitting together Windows NT and UNIX in the
 enterprise, and all of these companies have turned to MKS to provide an
 answer.  No one else in the market can match MKS's history and experience in
 providing the most powerful and sophisticated solution to address the
 technological challenge of interoperability," says Randall Howard, MKS
 chairman and CEO.  "Microsoft's attention to the issue of enterprise
 interoperability, with the release of the Windows NT Services for UNIX, now
 gives these customers a readily available and completely workable solution.
 MKS is very pleased to work with Microsoft to extend the solution for
 customers that much further."
     The Solution
     Customers seeking a complete Windows NT and UNIX interoperability solution
 can turn to the MKS Toolkit Update Edition which extends the MKS technology
 found in the new Microsoft product.  Fashioned after MKS Toolkit, the Update
 Edition contains a comprehensive set of more than 210 powerful Windows and
 UNIX tools and offers the following additional advantages:
     -- Leverage existing investment across various environments including
         Windows 95/98 with multi-platform support
     -- Guarantee the compatibility of solutions and leverage existing skill
         sets with a comprehensive suite of POSIX style and Win32 specific
     -- Easily set up, maintain and control the user environment with
         Windows NT security and administration utilities
     -- Speed the software development and administration process with
         Windows NT and UNIX scripting tools
     For more information on the MKS Toolkit Windows NT(R) Services for UNIX
 Add-On Pack Update Edition, visit
     About Pricing and Availability
     The MKS Toolkit Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack Update Edition
 will be made  available for purchase directly from MKS, its established
 distribution channels, and the MKS Web site at  The
 Update Edition is available for a suggested retail price of US$299.
     About MKS
     Mortice Kern Systems Inc. (MKS) is a leading provider of interoperability
 solutions for software development and Intranet teams across the enterprise.
 MKS offers a full suite of MKS Integrity(TM) products and services to
 effectively manage the development process, improving the quality and
 proficiency of mission-critical software.  Our products are the preferred
 choice of Global 2000 companies building software and corporate Intranets
 across multiple platforms.  With Canadian headquarters located in Waterloo,
 Ontario, and US headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, MKS can be reached via the
 World Wide Web at or by calling 800-265-2797 (US & Canada),
 +49-711-351775-0 (Germany) and +44-181-335-5920 (United Kingdom).
     UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries,
 licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited

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