Microsoft and Dassault Systemes Cooperate to Deliver

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 12, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and Dassault Syst
èmes (Nasdaq “DASTY”) announced today they are working together to develop and support the CATIA® Version 5 product line for the Microsoft® Windows NT® operating system. As a result, organizations in the manufacturing industries will benefit from advanced, high-end CAD/CAM/CAE technologies, natively developed on Windows NT and capable of supporting the needs of the entire enterprise.

With CATIA solutions developed natively on Windows NT, engineers will now be able to work on high-performance Windows NT-based workstations, while benefiting from a single enterprisewide platform for all their engineering and business applications. For small and medium-sized manufacturers, the Windows NT platform offers a cost-effective, scalable architecture that can grow with their business.

“This is great news for manufacturing and engineering organizations worldwide,” said Steve Ballmer, president of Microsoft. “With CATIA Version 5 native implementation on Windows NT, engineers will be able to run technical, standard office and business applications in a single unified environment. Companies will be able to integrate data from digital designs into other business processes such as inventory management. This will greatly improve the productivity of individuals, workgroups and departments.”

Ballmer added, “We are committed to supporting Dassault Syst
èmes’ developments to take full advantage of Microsoft technologies. It’s a great example of the scalability, ease of use, reduced cost of ownership and enhanced productivity that the Windows® platform brings to this customer segment.”

“Providing CATIA solutions running on Windows NT is a strategic step towards making fully scalable solutions widely available for all manufacturing companies,” said Bernard Charl
s, president of Dassault Syst
mes. “Through this native implementation, CATIA provides easy access to innovative technologies, making the latest concepts in digital product creation and product life management affordable to enterprises of all sizes and in every function. Close collaboration with Microsoft will play a key role in extending the standards of the industry.”

Complementing the CATIA product line, CATIA Version 5 is a completely re-engineered CAx offering that fully utilizes next-generation object technologies and leading-edge industry standards. It delivers an innovative and intuitive user interface and a platform-independent architecture for native Windows NT and UNIX. The result is an easy-to-install, fun-to-learn system, which is as natural to use as if the model was physically in the designer’s hands. Its native OLE and Internet and intranet Web compliance facilitates integration within the office environment and across the digital enterprise. It delivers breakthrough, scalable applications for companies at all levels of experience in design automation. At its core, CATIA Version 5 builds on powerful smart modeling concepts enabling the capture and reuse of corporate engineering knowledge and the implementation of generative rule-based product development processes. Version 5 offers compatibility with Version 4. This allows both systems to be used together and provides a smooth transition path for existing users.

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Dassault Syst
mes is the worldwide-recognized leader in CAx and PDM II markets. CATIA-CADAM Solutions with Deneb, the digital manufacturing company, address the CAD/CAM/CAE process-centric market. SolidWorks, a Dassault Syst
mes company, addresses the CAD design-centric market, with its flagship native Windows NT-compatible product and its dedicated distribution channel. In the network-computing environments, the Java-based CATweb product line provides a graphical window into native enterprise product data. For the PDM II market, ENOVIA Corp., a Dassault Syst
mes company, provides with its ENOVIAvpm and ENOVIApm product lines a new multi-CAD collaborative and innovative environment for virtual product and process modeling and management across the extended enterprise.

CATIA press releases and general information on CATIA are available on the CATIA home page at .


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mes SA.

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