Mar 21 2002

CATIA V5: “Designed For Windows XP”

Flagship 3D PLM Solution Attains Highest Accolade for Windows Integration


Suresnes (France), March 21, 2002 – Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today that CATIA on the V5 next generation architecture, the base for its leading 3D PLM Solution, has obtained the “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” Logo. The result of a strong partnership in technology between Dassault Systemes and Microsoft, this announcement demonstrates Dassault Systemes’ ongoing commitment to provide its customers with the full range, including all 119 products, of CATIA V5 on the latest Microsoft Windows platforms.<br/>



Achieving the “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” logo is the result of successful and rigorous compatibility testing undertaken by Dassault Systemes’ Research and Development Laboratory Team during the beta phase of Windows XP’s development. Associated with this validation process, COMPAQ provided extensive technical support to Dassault Systemes through the onsite COMPAQ Technical Resource Center, thus accelerating the adoption of Windows XP. <br/>



The “Designed for Windows XP” logo guarantees a high level of integration and cooperation between CATIA V5 and other software applications. The combination of the CATIA V5 unique user interface and Windows XP‘s ease-of-use will help designers and engineers leverage multiple application productivity within a single enterprise-wide platform. Innovative technologies accessible under Windows XP such as Smart tags and Task Pane, as well as tight integration into web environments, significantly contribute to higher efficiency and increased task productivity. Furthermore, not only will CATIA V5 users be able to access new Windows XP functionalities, but they will also benefit from Windows XP’s stability, flexibility, robustness and security. <br/>




“The combination of CATIA V5 and Windows XP establishes a new benchmark in process centric design automation and engineer productivity”, commented Bernard Charlès, President of Dassault Systemes. “This demonstrates the strength of our close partnership with Microsoft, aimed at making the most innovative and intuitive solutions accessible to the manufacturing industry.” <br/>




Added Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft: “The integration between CATIA V5 and Windows XP offers manufacturing engineers a unified, powerful and affordable computing environment for their technical, business and office needs. Microsoft is committed to supporting Dassault Systemes' ongoing efforts to provide the manufacturing community with powerful, reliable and easy-to-use products and XML web services.”