“Atos Origin launches Next Generation Desktop in Belux jointly with Intel and Microsoft”

Zaventem, 22 June 2005

Atos Origin, in close collaboration with Intel and Microsoft, launches its Next Generation Desktop (NDGT) solution in Belgium and Luxembourg. Atos Origin's global NGDT solution is a desktop & server migration and outsourcing solution. It provides embedded innovation, a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO), transparent pricing and flexibility, migration, operation and innovation services.

The demand for flexible, user-friendly, competitive solutions that enable direct access to company data has continued to grow, especially among mobile workers. In order to meet this demand better, Atos Origin has exploited its expertise in deploying services, management and support for distributed environments and in 2003 developed the global Next Generation Desktop solution together with Intel and Microsoft.

This solution offers flexible and portable working systems to professionals, who can access their company's systems and information from anywhere in the world. With the support and expertise of Intel and Microsoft, Atos Origin provides a reliable, standardised and affordable solution. In addition, NGDT provides flexibility by allowing customers to add all the applications they wish to the standard package.

The software used in the current standard version - NGDT 1.5 - is Windows XP and Microsoft Client & Back-office products with Intel latest technologies. Several additional functions are also included – antivirus protection, e-mail and multi-level application support – providing a very user-friendly solution. Implementation of the NGDT solution guarantees migration to new software versions and any cyclical material changes. Moreover, NGDT guarantees all Service Level Agreements tailored to customers' demands at a flat monthly price.

Ludo Wijckmans, Director Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft Belux, said: “NGDT allows the customer to benefit from the latest Microsoft technologies while controlling the total cost of ownership in an easy and transparent way. The NGDT-platform also includes the best tools for communication and collaboration within the customer's company."

Tini Elemans, Business Development Manager Intel Benelux, said: “Atos Origin's NGDT solution is perfectly aligned with Intel's platform strategy in its aim to ensure easily accessible, highly responsive IT for the business environment. Atos Origin will enable businesses to deploy intelligently Intel's leading-edge technology platforms for mobile, desktop and server systems to maximise security and minimise support costs."

Patrick Gyseling, Director Managed Operations at Atos Origin Belux explained: “Next Generation Desktop is a proven design very well positioned for the Belux market. It allows companies of all sizes to cater for the demands of functionality, flexibility, automation and operability. In addition, reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) remains one of our priorities.”

“The NDGT keywords are: cost reduction, business value and continuous innovation, offering a technical & service architecture, proven migration and additional services – hardware independent”, concluded Peter CA de Jong, Director Business Development NGDT at Atos Origin.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is one of the main international players in IT services. Its business is converting the strategic vision of its customers into results through improved use of advice solutions, system integration and IT management. Operating in 40 countries all over the world, Atos Origin achieves annual turnover of more than €5 billion and has a staff of more than 46,000 employees. Atos Origin is the global IT partner for the Olympic Games and the group's customers consist of large international accounts in all business sectors. Atos Origin trades on the Eurolist market in Paris and performs its business under the names of Atos Origin, Atos Euronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Intel
The worldwide leader in semi-conductor integrated circuits, Intel is also a leading manufacturer of micro-computer products for networks and communications. For further information on Intel, please see the following website: www.intel.com/pressroom

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, internet services and technologies for personal and professional computer use. It offers a wide range of products and services designed to optimise the user experience through outstanding software – any time, anywhere and on any kind of equipment. For further information see http://microsoft.com/belux

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For more information, please contact:
Christelle Colin
Atos Origin
Tel +32 2 690 26 04

Pascal Brabant / Vera Luypaert
LVT Benelux PR
Tel +32 2 474 17 40
pascal@lvtpr.com / vera@lvtpr.com