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Alibre Featured as Microsoft .NET Associate By Microsoft at Forum 2000.

RICHARDSON, Texas, July 5 /PRNewswire/ --

Alibre, Inc., the first company to offer a Web-based mechanical collaborative product development service, was highlighted as a key associate for the Microsoft .NET initiative in presentations by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft president and chief executive officer, and Paul Maritz, Microsoft vice president Platforms Strategy and Developer Group, during the Microsoft Forum 2000 event, held on June 22, 2000 in Redmond, Wash.

At Forum 2000, Microsoft announced its roadmap for the Next Generation Internet, signaling a new era of personal empowerment and opportunity for consumers, businesses and software developers. Microsoft is creating an advanced new generation of software that will meld computing and communications in revolutionary new ways; offer every developer the tools to transform the Web and all other aspects of the computing experience; and enable businesses, knowledge workers and consumers to employ technology on their own terms.

"This is a new platform," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect, Microsoft Corp. "This will affect every piece of application code that gets written. This will redefine the user interface, what you see on the screen and how you interact, as much as the transition from DOS to Windows did."

Alibre, which has been working with Microsoft since 1998, was featured as an example of Microsoft's commitment to supporting key partners and third party companies with its Microsoft .NET initiative. Alibre was founded in 1997 by Paul Grayson, former Micrografx CEO and Chairman. Micrografx was the first company to ship a Windows application in 1985 and made its initial public offering coincident with the launch of Windows 3.0 in 1990.

Steve Ballmer, president and chief executive officer of Microsoft, said, "It's amazing, frankly, how common our visions were 17 years ago and still are today," in response to a media question about partners for the Microsoft .NET initiative.

Paul Maritz, vice president, Platforms Strategy and Developer Group, showed a video featuring Alibre during his presentation and also said, "Alibre shares our vision of creating the kind of applications that can be delivered in the next generation of Internet services. Microsoft has been and will continue to work closely with Alibre as it brings its suite of mechanical design services to market built upon the .NET platform."

"The Microsoft .NET initiative fundamentally validates the course Alibre set in 1997 when the Company was founded," says Alibre President and CEO, J. Paul Grayson. "Since our inception, we've believed that the Internet changes everything, from the way software applications are designed and operate, to the core business models and distribution methods employed by software companies. Most importantly, in the design and manufacturing segments targeted by Alibre, the Internet will change the way the global manufacturing community produces and innovates on products we use everyday. The Microsoft .NET initiative essentially means that the largest and most successful software company in the world has just 'bet the company' on a vision that is virtually identical to that of Alibre."

Alibre's vision closely aligns with Microsoft .NET as in a number of key areas, including:

-- The Internet as the next generation computing platform

-- The Web browser as the standard user interface for applications and

services

-- Seamless integration between applications and Web sites

-- Subscription sales models

-- XML as the interface between services and applications

As the first mechanical design ASP, Alibre leverages the Internet as a computing platform to provide global manufacturers and their supply chains a collaborative product development service on a subscription basis. Alibre's Web-based technology and business model facilitate the creation of manufacturing and engineering communities by enabling spontaneous and instantaneous collaboration and data sharing throughout the product design and development process.

About Alibre

Alibre provides the first Web-based mechanical collaborative product development service. The Company's vision is to liberate design and engineering professionals from standalone desktop applications to an interactive, connected Web environment where the service can be accessed securely anytime, from anywhere and computing power is theoretically unlimited. Alibre will change the manner in which geographically dispersed groups of engineers and designers work together, changing design software from a tool focused on the individual to one that improves the flow of design and manufacturing knowledge throughout the enterprise and the extended supply chain.

Alibre was founded in 1997 by former Micrografx CEO and Chairman, Paul Grayson, and is based in Richardson, TX. For more information, visit the Alibre Web site at www.alibre.com or call (972) 671-8492.

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