SolidWorks Corporation announces support for Microsoft Office XP

3D CAD software compliant with Microsoft's newest suite of productivity software

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2001--SolidWorks Corp. today announced that its three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software is one of the first CAD solutions to support Microsoft® Office XP, the newest version of Office software from Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT - news). SolidWorks' support for Office XP demonstrates the company's continued commitment to harness the intuitive Windows-based environment so that everyone involved in product design can easily use 3D CAD software.

SolidWorks® software is a Windows-native 3D mechanical design system for mainstream engineers. It delivers Windows' ease of use combined with sophisticated solid modeling capabilities, resulting in a rapid learning curve, fewer design errors, and a better, faster, more efficient way to design products than competing CAD technologies.

By supporting Office XP, SolidWorks lets users easily navigate between its 3D CAD software and Microsoft applications such as Excel (for creating engineering bills of materials) and Outlook (for e-mailing project designs using SolidWorks' eDrawings application). Office XP brings a new set of powerful features that will enable SolidWorks' users to create engineering designs more efficiently than before.

"The CAD industry depends upon simplicity and speed," said Chris Ray, global industry director-engineering, for Microsoft Corporation. "SolidWorks' 3D CAD application relies on the intuitive Microsoft Windows environment to make it easier for engineers to design, test, review, and produce 3D solid models in record time. Office XP will enhance the SolidWorks experience by providing new features to help engineers work more efficiently."

According to Dave Corcoran, SolidWorks' executive vice president of research and development, the company's decision to support Office XP helps users operate in a more stable and efficient environment. "Microsoft's support of the CAD/CAM industry is stronger than ever. By ensuring that SolidWorks software runs seamlessly on XP, we are providing our customers with the latest, Windows-based technology so they can quickly and easily create 3D CAD models and speed products to market."

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to deliver the power of 3D to everybody in design and manufacturing. In over 5 years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 160,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices worldwide and distributes its products through a network of resellers selling in 70 countries. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2001 SolidWorks Corporation.


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