“Launch of Transport Direct Adds to Atos Origin’s .NET Portfolio . Successful Delivery Showcases Atos Origin’s Portal Capabilities”

London - January 10, 2005

Atos Origin, a leading IT and business services company, today announced the successful completion and launch of the Transport Direct portal. Transport Direct was created by the Department of Transport as part of the UK Government's drive to give the public electronic access to 30 key services by 2005. It is a comprehensive online portal that provides access to a journey planner for all forms of transport, maps, real time information and facilitated ticket purchasing. Atos Origin designed, built and continues to operate the technology behind the portal, further highlighting the company's capabilities in this field and adding to its substantial experience in .NET implementations.

Atos Origin was also responsible for the overall project management and led the consortium of suppliers; Microsoft provided the .NET framework, Atkins provided the journey planning software; BBC Technology designed the user front-end; ESRI (UK) delivered the mapping software and solutions; and RTEL supplied air information solutions.

“The Transport Direct project is an excellent example of eGovernment in action. Initiatives such as these give UK citizens access to the information and transactional capabilities they need in today's online society.” said Terry Smith, Senior Director of Public Sector, Microsoft Ltd. “Atos Origin brought together key technology and content providers and used the flexibility, scalability and future proofing of the Microsoft .NET platform to help them deliver this important project within strict time and cost constraints. I look forward to our next collaboration.”

“The scale and complexity of the project was one of the biggest challenges but the successful delivery confirms the interoperability of the Microsoft .NET web services platform, and demonstrates its huge potential to integrate different repositories of information housed on legacy systems relatively inexpensively,” says Simon Garner, head of Transport, Atos Origin. “We look forward to continuing to build our partnership with Microsoft for both the support of existing projects and for future implementations.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) 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 more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank,Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

About .NET
.NET software connects information, people, systems, and devices. .NET provides XML-based interoperability and is being incorporated across Microsoft's clients, servers, services, and tools. For example, products like Microsoft Windows® and Microsoft Office will use .NET to connect with other systems and applications. For developers, .NET is manifested in the programming model delivered in the Microsoft .NET Framework.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com