“Atos Origin receives Gold Certified partner status from Microsoft in the Netherlands”

Utrecht, 6 June 2005

Atos Origin in the Netherlands has received the prestigious Gold Certified status as part of the Microsoft Partner Program. This status is only granted to Microsoft partners that have proved they offer their customers high-quality IT solutions based on the Microsoft platform. According to Microsoft, Atos Origin is a partner that conforms to the highest standards.

The Gold Certified partner status is not only proof of Atos Origin's in-depth knowledge and expertise of Microsofts technology applications. It also offers Atos Origin access to high-quality training and support for Microsoft solutions.

Peter Overakker, Executive vice president sales & client management of Atos Origin: “This recognition from Microsoft underlines our strategy to offer our customers state-of-the-art solutions. Partnering with Microsoft means that Atos Origin is able to innovate continuously for our customers.”

Michel van der Bel, General Manager of Microsoft: “Atos Origin offers our customers innovation with its Next Generation solutions such as Next Generation Desktop management which is based on the Microsoft platform. The Gold Certified partner status confirms the high quality of Atos Origin's service level and Microsoft expects to expand the programme with Atos Origin after granting them this award.”

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 more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 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, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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