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PITTSBURGH-BASED ALGOR, INC. FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH MICROSOFT

 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: MSFT) and Pittsburgh-based Algor, Inc. today announced they are cooperating to develop computer aided engineering (CAE) software that works with Windows NT, Microsoft's newest operating system for personal computers.
 "Algor has been very successful in pioneering the use of personal computers with engineering software," said Michael L. Bussler, founder and president of Algor. "Personal computers already are more powerful than work stations. With Windows NT, Algor will be able to penetrate the CAE industry even more than we already have."
 "Microsoft is very interested in having Algor's software on the Windows NT operating system," said Doug Henrich, Microsoft's group manager of developer relations.
 "As the traditional distinction between work stations and personal computers disappears, we expect powerful design software like Algor's to be used alongside personal productivity applications on a wide range of computers, from high-end personal computers to multi-processor super-servers," said Henrich.
 Algor is the only CAE software firm to rank in the 1992 SOFT LETTER 100, an index of the top 100 software manufacturers in the United States. The firm develops and markets design and analysis software used throughout the 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide.
 "We are already in a hiring mode to accommodate growth that we believe will escalate even further with our move to Windows NT," said Bussler.
 Windows NT offers high-end computing features such as:
 -- Preemptive multi-tasking, which automatically sets and changes priorities among tasks;
 -- Symmetric multi-processing, which coordinates multiple tasks across multiple processors;
 -- Built-in networking; and
 -- Portability to a wide range of computer systems.
 "By using Windows NT on the new class of personal computers, calculations that previously took minutes will take seconds," said Bussler, "and that means more productivity for our customers."
 "Successful software companies of the future will be those that have effectively harnessed the power of the personal computer. Personal computers are now about 100 times faster than mini computers, which were prevalent in engineering until recently. Algor's convergence of high tech engineering software with the Windows NT operating system conquers one of the last frontiers in putting personal computers to work on the engineer's desk," said Bussler.
 It is virtually impossible to spend a day without using a product which Algor's software helped to design. Products as diverse as fast food restaurant furniture and food containers, Black and Decker's "Dustbuster," Nautilus exercise equipment and B.F. Goodrich tires were all designed with the help of Algor software.
 Mechanical design, structural, electrical, plant, chemical and civil engineers throughout the 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide use Algor's software products. Algor's first European office opened in 1992 in Staines, England.
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 /CONTACT: Denise Belizar of Jampole Communications, 412-471-2463, for Algor/
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