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Strategic Moves Reflect Company's Focus on Faster Growing Data Analysis Market

Cambridge, Mass., - January 23, 2001 - MathSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATH), a leading provider of technical software and services, today announced the sale of its Engineering and Education Products Division (EEPD) to a private company formed by its management team and headed by Chris Randles, formerly a senior vice president of MathSoft and the general manager of its Engineering and Education Products Division. The sale of EEPD's assets for gross cash proceeds of $7 million has been approved by the board of directors and is effective immediately. Outside equity investors and EEPD management have financed the acquisition of EEPD.

MathSoft, Inc. will proceed to do business as Insightful Corporation, based in Seattle, under a new trading symbol (NASDAQ: IFUL) expected to become available for use on January 24, 2001. MathSoft shareholders will be asked to approve a formal name change from MathSoft, Inc., to Insightful Corporation at the next annual meeting of stockholders, presently contemplated to be held in April of 2001. The sale of the EEPD Division by MathSoft, Inc. did not result in any change in the nature of the rights of MathSoft, Inc. shareholders whose ownership in the company continues uninterrupted.

Following the sale of the EEPD Division, the operations of MathSoft, Inc., doing business as Insightful Corporation, will be focused going forward on solutions for predictive analysis, data mining and business intelligence. MathSoft originally acquired the data analysis operation in 1993, which grew its revenues to $15.2 million in 2000. The company's flagship product, S-PLUS®, is a de facto standard software package for statistical data analysis.

The newly divested EEPD operation will do business as MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc., and expects to assume all rights to the MathSoft name following shareholder approval of the name change to Insightful Corporation.

Effective February 1, 2001 Shawn Javid, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Analysis Products Division will become president and CEO of Insightful Corporation. MathSoft's Chairman, President and CEO, Charles Digate will remain chairman of Insightful for a minimum transition period of six months.

"Although engineering and educational software were the genesis of MathSoft, focusing the company on higher growth data analysis solutions will provide the best opportunity for Insightful to deliver long term shareholder value," said Digate. "Shawn Javid has been instrumental in the success and rapid growth that the Data Analysis Products Division has enjoyed to date and is the natural choice to lead Insightful forward in this exciting next stage in the company's evolution."

The Data Analysis Products Division has demonstrated strong growth over the last several years. In a separate release today, the company announced quarterly revenues of $3.8 million, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2000, representing a 16% increase from the fourth quarter of 1999. For the year ended December 31, 2000 the division showed a 25% increase in revenues.

"I am honored and excited to lead the business forward," said Javid, the new CEO. "With this move, Insightful will be able to effectively capitalize on our core strengths and key growth opportunities as a provider of solutions for predictive analysis and data mining." Javid added, "Insightful already has a broad base of blue chip customers across four core markets of financial services, life sciences, manufacturing and CRM, all of whom already benefit from the real bottom-line value provided by our analytical solutions. Our customers rely on us to increase the quality of information available to decision makers, by improving the speed, accessibility and sophistication of analytical methods."

The company will be holding a conference call regarding this announcement on January 23, 2001 at 5:00 pm EST. The dial-in number for the call is 888 287-2552 and a replay will be available for a seven-day period following the call or via Webcast at The company also today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2000.