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Atos Origin signs global alliance with Microsoft to develop and market innovative solutions


Paris, 3 July 2006 - Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced a strategic global alliance with Microsoft Corp. to develop and market Atos Origin solutions based on a wide array of Microsoft products, including Windows Vista, Office 2007 system, Windows Server “Longhorn” as well as current versions of each. Under the alliance, new solutions will be designed to enhance productivity and improve responsiveness to customers. Both companies will collaborate on providing training, marketing and sales activities around the new solutions.

One of the first solutions to benefit from this new agreement is Atos Origin’s innovative workplace management solution, Atos™ Workplace Solutions. This solution is used both to manage operating system migration and full outsourcing, and 600,000 desktops are already deployed, with more planned. Microsoft has been a key partner in this offering and through this alliance continues further developments to extend the value of Atos™ Workplace solutions to existing and new customers. A joint roadmap is created to ensure that today’s solution and supporting technologies are compliant with future innovations and product releases. The current version uses Windows® XP and Microsoft® Client and Back Office® in combination with the latest Intel® vProTM technology.

Atos™ Workplace Solutions provide a full range of modular and flexible desktop and end-user support services, allowing the end user to work anywhere, anyplace, at anytime. Built on extensive and proven experience in all industry sectors, Atos™ Workplace Solutions currently manage more than 600,000 seats, 20,000 servers, 8 million calls per year and 350,000 corporate mailboxes.

Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft says: “Atos Origin has been a long-standing alliance partner of Microsoft. Together, we have undertaken significant projects across Europe in many different sectors such as the public, telecom, and manufacturing sector. A key aspect of the Atos™ Workplace Solutions vision is the addition of new software releases as part of a continuous refresh cycle. This ensures that existing and new customers will be able to benefit from new releases such as Windows Vista when adopting and/or migrating to Atos™ Workplace Solutions.”

Wilbert Kieboom, Management Board Member and CEO of Atos Origin Northern Europe concludes: “Atos Origin has always taken a partnership approach in order to develop the best solutions for its clients. A global alliance between Atos Origin and Microsoft is evidence of our commitment to provide our customers flexible and innovative solutions to reach the agility required in a constantly changing businesses environment.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.


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