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Contacts:       Sandy McBride                   Lauren Arnold
                webMethods, Inc.                        Schwartz Communications, Inc.
                (408) 969-5614                  (781) 684-0770          smcbride@webmethods.com webmethods@schwartz-pr.com


webMethods B2B to Use Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Certification, MSMQ and BizTalk 1.0 Framework, to Facilitate B2B Initiatives

FAIRFAX, VAOctober 5, 2000 webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), the leading provider of business-to-business integration (B2Bi) solutions, today announced enhanced support for Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) and the BizTalk Framework based on several new product enhancements. The product enhancements leverage webMethods’ open B2Bi solution and the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, Microsoft MSMQ and BizTalk 1.0 Framework, to quickly and easily integrate vast online business communities to facilitate B2B initiatives.

Leading the product enhancements is the Windows 2000 certification of webMethods B2B™, making it first B2Bi solution to earn certification for Microsoft Windows 2000. Other enhancements include the release of webMethods B2B Adapters for MSMQ and BizTalk 1.0 Framework. The combination of webMethods’ Windows 2000 certified B2Bi solution and the MSMQ and BizTalk Framework Adapters, will enable customers to better take advantage of Microsoft technology to integrate internal systems with applications used by their business partners over the Internet in real time.

“Microsoft is pleased to announce that webMethods B2B has passed the stringent requirements to earn the Certified for Windows 2000 logo, which will make webMethods B2B solutions available to our joint customers,” said Jim Ewel, vice president, Windows.NET Server Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “By ensuring that their solution is as reliable and manageable as possible, this certification validates webMethods' commitment to giving users the best possible experience on Windows 2000."

“Our goal is to make the B2B integration process as seamless as possible for all of our customers,” said Kristin Weller, vice president, Product Development, of webMethods, Inc. “The proven nature of webMethods B2B will allow Microsoft customers to quickly integrate with other business critical applications, lower the total cost of ownership, and achieve maximum return on investment in the shortest possible time.”

First B2Bi Solution Certified on Windows 2000

webMethods B2B has become the first B2Bi solution to earn certification for Microsoft Windows 2000. The Windows 2000 certification provides concise guidelines to help developers create applications that deliver new levels of reliability and manageability, thereby reducing cost of ownership for customers. Windows 2000-certified applications, such as webMethods B2B, provide users with the richest possible Windows 2000 experience, and have passed a tightly controlled, independently verified testing process. Customers selecting Windows 2000 and webMethods B2B will benefit from the following:

§       Lower cost of ownership due to easier access for the user and easier management for the administrator.
§       Assurance that webMethods B2B is reliable, secure, manageable and designed specifically to utilize the features of Windows 2000.
§       Reduced management costs for the IT professional.
§       A uniform and consistent user experience.

webMethods B2B Adapter for MSMQ

The webMethods B2B Adapter for MSMQ enables customers to leverage their MSMQ investment to integrate internal systems with business applications used by their business partners, quickly and efficiently, over the Internet. With the webMethods B2B Adapter for MSMQ, mission-critical information can be received and delivered, through the MSMQ queue manager via webMethods B2B, and out across the firewall to the systems of the company’s business partners. This provides greater accuracy and reduced costs for both the company and the partner.

webMethods B2B BizTalk 1.0 Framework Adapter

The webMethods B2B BizTalk 1.0 Framework Adapter enables customers to create business documents, encode them with the BizTalk 1.0 Framework envelope, and transport them as BizTalk messages between trading partners. The BizTalk 1.0 Framework is designed to foster B2Bi through data interchange standards based on XML. By leveraging webMethods B2B and the BizTalk 1.0 Framework Adapter, companies will now have a complete solution to perform full B2B commerce with other organizations using the BizTalk 1.0 Framework.


webMethods B2B certification for Windows 2000 is expected to be available with version 3.6 of webMethods B2B in October of 2000. The MSMQ Adapter is available immediately, and the BizTalk 1.0 Framework Adapter is expected to be available in October of 2000.

webMethods Product Suite

webMethods provides a complete B2Bi solution that allows organizations to effectively realize their e-commerce strategies. The webMethods product family was designed to provide broad support for open standards and protocols, such as XML, RosettaNet, ebXML, FpML, cXML, xCBL, OBI, OAG, ACORD, BizTalk framework and UDDI. Through support of these standards, webMethods products provide seamless integration both within the enterprise and across the Internet to trading networks and B2B marketplaces.

About webMethods, Inc.

webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM) is the leading provider of software solutions for business-to-business integration (B2Bi). As the only company providing seamless B2Bi across the Internet and throughout the extended enterprise, webMethods provides Global 2000 companies and B2B marketplaces with a complete, end-to-end solution for integrating customers, suppliers and partners into real-time B2B trading networks, while also increasing internal operational efficiencies. The webMethods product family allows companies to create new revenue opportunities, strengthen relationships with customers, substantially reduce supply chain inefficiencies and streamline internal business processes.

Founded in 1996, webMethods is based in Fairfax, Va., with offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia. With an emphasis on key vertical markets such as chemicals, financial services, high-tech manufacturing and telecommunications, webMethods has more than 425 customers worldwide--from Global 2000 leaders such as Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical Company, Fidelity Investments, Grainger, Motorola and Starbucks to major B2B marketplaces like ChemConnect, e-STEEL and Ventro. webMethods’ strategic partners include Ariba, Commerce One, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, KPMG, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., SAP AG and Siebel. More information about the company can be found at www.webMethods.com.


webMethods and webMethods B2B are trademarks of webMethods, Inc. All other company and product names are property of their respective owners.

This press release contains various remarks about the future expectations, plans and prospects of webMethods that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The actual results of webMethods may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those discussed in the Risk Factors section of webMethods' recent Registration Statement on Form S-4, the company's Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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