“Atos Origin Launches Next Generation Desktop in Spain with Microsoft and Intel”

Madrid, 20 April 2005

Atos Origin, a leading international IT service company, launches in close collaboration with Microsoft and Intel Next Generation Desktop (NGDT) solution in Spain. The NGDT solution of Atos Origin stands for: embedded innovation, TCO reduction, transparent pricing and flexibility, and provides services for migration, operation and innovation.

Atos Origin is contributing its experience in deployment, management and operation services for distributed environments. Together with the support and technological know-how of Microsoft and Intel, Atos Origin is providing a reliable, highly standardised, low-cost solution for a set price (€/PC). NGDT provides the greatest of flexibility in terms of functionality, allowing any application the client wishes to be added to the standard package.

This provides company employees with flexible and mobile working systems, enabling them to access the corporate information and systems from anywhere in the world with any equipment.

In the current version, NGDT 1.5, the standard software used is Windows XP and Microsoft Office with Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and Pentium® 4, Intel Itanium®, Intel Xeon™ processors, with several functions, such as antivirus protection and e-mail, plus support for layered applications, providing a comprehensive solution for users.

The constant availability of the latest software updates allows the necessary migrations to new versions of software to be carried out at no extra cost. NGDT also includes all the services in the global Service Level Agreement at a set monthly price that depends on each client's requirements.

NGDT can be installed on any equipment: desktop, laptop, PDA or printer. If any of the equipment breaks down it is replaced immediately through the Remove ‘n Replace program. However, work never ceases, as all the data entered are also stored centrally.

The management team and staff can also use a web-based self-service system in order to change passwords, request software, redefine access rights and add or move users based on preset access rules.

According to Manel Ros, Managed Operations Director, Atos Origin in Spain: “companies increasingly demand flexible, user-friendly solutions, high-quality services and straightforward access to their data. NGDT offers unprecedented value in this regard, providing employees with constant access to their company's systems and data, wherever they are, which is increasingly important for companies' competitiveness.”

“Atos Origin's Next Generation Desktop initiative is based on the latest Intel technology for IT platforms. We work with Atos Origin to ensure that NGDT clients benefit from the innovative features added to Intel platforms for the business market”, said Pedro Cintra, Regional Enterprise Business Manager at Intel Corporation Iberia.

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.

About Intel
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About Intel
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Press Contacts:

Antonio Ferreiro
Atos Origin
Tel. +34 91 440 88 00
antonio.ferreiro@atosorigin.com
Mónica Iglesias
Microsoft
Tel. +34 91 391 99 27
monicaib@microsoft.com

Beatriz Pérez
Intel Corporation Iberia
Tel. +34 91 432 90 90
beatriz.perez@intel.com