“Atos Origin receives Global Award at 2005 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference”

Paris, 12 July 2005

Atos Origin has received a Global Award at the 2005 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis (US), last Saturday. The Award was given for Atos Origin's Next Generation Desktop global solution (NGDT) in the ‘Deployment within the Information Worker Competency' category. Atos Origin's NGDT is a global desktop and server migration and outsourcing solution. NGDT provides embedded innovation, transparent pricing and flexibility, migration, operation and innovation services; and reduces total cost of ownership.

This Global Award recognizes NGDT's capability to help customers realize increased service revenues, new market opportunities and place a renewed focus on high-value customer engagements. It also underlines the co-development between Microsoft and Atos Origin for future offerings based on NGDT.

The demand for flexible, user-friendly, competitive workplace solutions that enable direct access to company data continues to grow, especially amongst mobile workers. The NGDT global solution offers flexible and portable working systems, allowing employees to access company systems and information from anywhere in the world. Customers can also add further applications to the standard package. With the support and expertise of Microsoft, Atos Origin provides a reliable, standardized and affordable solution.

Peter CA de Jong, Director Business Development NGDT at Atos Origin comments: “We are very proud to receive this Global Award from Microsoft. It underlines our strategy to offer our customers state-of-the-art solutions and is recognition of the collaboration between Microsoft and Atos Origin that has made the Next Generation Desktop Solution a global success. I am also very happy that our current sales & marketing efforts with Microsoft have been extended with co-development activities in regard to Office 12 and Longhorn. This will offer increased benefits to both our customers.”

Allison Watson, Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft concludes: “We are honored to congratulate Atos Origin as one of our Award winners. Its achievements this year have helped raise the standard for delivery of customer solutions and support, and we thank Atos Origin for choosing to build on Microsoft technologies.”

Atos Origin's Next Generation Desktop solution is already deployed worldwide with clients in the public sector; telecoms, discrete manufacturing, and processing industries; and finance market. It offers a range of ready to use workplace and collaboration components based on Microsoft products and selected third party components.

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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