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Metrowerks and Microsoft Sign Agreement For Support of Java and ActiveX Technologies on Mac OS.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 1996--Metrowerks, Inc. (TSE,ME:MWK) and Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT) today announced the signing of a master agreement to provide a full suite of tools and technologies to support Java and ActiveX Internet development on the Macintosh.

For the first time, Macintosh developers will be able to create Java 20 applets and ActiveX Controls for the Macintosh that work with each other. This collaboration between Metrowerks and Microsoft ensures developers that their Java applications will run seamlessly on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

As part of this new agreement with Microsoft, Metrowerks will undertake the development of Java and related Java technologies to be included in Microsoft's Worldwide Web browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer. Microsoft will use Metrowerks CodeWarrior and Metrowerks PowerPlant to develop future versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS.

Metrowerks will also provide support for Microsoft's ActiveX Technologies in CodeWarrior. Embracing both Java and Microsoft's object technology, ActiveX Technologies provides developers with access to a richer set of Internet development technologies. ActiveX Technologies is a set of open tools that includes ActiveX controls, formerly called OLE controls.

Metrowerks will also support the Digital Signatures technology, a broadly supported initiative led by Microsoft to ensure that safe code runs on end-user systems. This will allow Macintosh developers to sign their code as being "safe" and enable end-users to run safe code on their systems.

"This agreement reinforces Metrowerks commitment to providing the best possible Mac OS-Internet development environment," said Greg Galanos, President and CEO of Metrowerks. "In particular, our objective is to provide seamless, enriched, connectivity between the Mac OS desktop clients and Mac OS-based web servers and Windows NT IntraNet servers."

"Microsoft is pleased to be using Metrowerks' powerful products for Internet Explorer on the Macintosh," said John Ludwig, Vice President, Internet Platforms and Tools Division, Microsoft. "Along with Metrowerks, we are committed to providing Mac developers with tools to create ActiveX and Java applications on the Mac, and make the Mac an exciting Internet client."

About Metrowerks

Founded in 1985, Metrowerks develops, markets and supports a complete line of Macintosh-hosted computer language products for building Mac OS, Windows 95, Windows NT, Magic Cap and Be OS applications. Metrowerks CodeWarrior products have become the industry standard for professional Mac-hosted software development with more than 45,000 registered users in 70 countries. Additional information on Metrowerks and its products can be obtained by sending Email to, by calling (512) 873-4700, or via the Internet at -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: Metrowerks, the Metrowerks logo and CodeWarrior are registered trademarks of Metrowerks, Inc. PowerPlant is a trademark of Metrowerks, Inc. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95, Microsoft Internet Explorer and ActiveX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other companies and products may be trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby recognized.

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