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Alienware’s Popular AlienGUIse Theme Manager Offers Exciting New Desktop Theme; Alienware Unveils Exclusive DarkStar Theme to Further Enhance Desktop Customization


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MIAMI, FL -- March 18, 2005 -- Alienware(R), the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems, has introduced an exclusive new desktop theme called Alienware DarkStar(TM) as the latest addition to the popular AlienGUIse(TM) Theme Manager. The new DarkStar theme is offered with all new Alienware systems at no additional cost and is also available as a free download at the Alienware website, http://www.alienware.com/Standalone_Pages/darkstar.aspx.

Created in conjunction with The Skins Factory and Stardock Corporation, Alienware DarkStar unleashes a bold new alternative to the standard appearance of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) desktop. DarkStar features breathtaking design elements such as audio-enhanced startup and runtime animations, function-responsive LED arrays, and highly tactile control surfaces. All of these features combine to create a stunning desktop design brilliantly captured in black and red and infused with traces of Alienware’s distinctive style.

“Alienware has an unmatched history of bringing style and flair to a PC industry often mired in dullness,” said Robert Lusk, vice president of sales and marketing for Alienware. “The highly innovative DarkStar desktop theme represents the latest chapter in Alienware’s efforts to save PC users from having to put up with uninspired mediocrity.”

First made available to the public last year, Alienware’s AlienGUIse Theme Manager includes other cutting-edge desktop themes exclusive to Alienware like AlienMorph(TM) and ALXMorph(TM). Like DarkStar, these stylish Alienware themes provide an unforgettable transformation to the appearance of a desktop, dramatically altering the look and feel of icons, wallpaper, Windows Media Player, and more.

“The Skins Factory continues to work hand-in-hand with Alienware to transform the landscape of desktop design,” said Jeff Schader, President and CEO of The Skins Factory. “Our companies represent the perfect symbiotic match to deliver to customers show-stopping desktop displays like DarkStar that surpass all expectations of creative excellence.”

Like The Skins Factory, Stardock shares Alienware’s vision to set a new standard of customization for the PC.

“Stardock has once again partnered with Alienware to offer customers a unique desktop environment,” said Larry Kuperman, Corporate Sales Manager at Stardock. “By licensing Stardock’s Theme Manager software, Alienware is able offer customers unique and exciting alternatives to the standard desktop appearance.”

About Alienware

Alienware manufactures high-performance desktop, notebook, and media center systems and leading-edge professional systems. Alienware offers unique and award-winning products that incorporate state-of-the-art components, innovative engineering and design, and unprecedented customer service. Alienware systems are available direct within the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and will soon be offered in other locations around the Pacific Rim. For more information, please visit http://www.alienware.com/prdarkstar or call 1-800-ALIENWARE (254-3692).

About The Skins Factory

Founded in 2000 by rogue interface enthusiasts with a bold vision and a passion for all things GUI, The Skins Factory has quickly grown into the world’s premiere service provider for truly innovative graphical interface solutions. The Skins Factory’s reputation has been built by an unprecedented commitment to excellence in all aspects of the interface development process. For more information, please visit us at http://www.theskinsfactory.com or call 954-577-8471.

About Stardock

Stardock Corporation is the leader in the development and sales of award-winning Windows desktop customization solutions such the Object Desktop software suite, including components such as WindowBlinds, DesktopX, IconPackager, and more. Stardock is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Stardock also develops best-selling computer games, including Galactic Civilizations. For more information, please visit the Stardock home page at http://www.stardock.com or contact lkuperman@stardock.com.



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