“Atos Origin Launches Next Generation Desktop”

Singapore, 30 November 2005

Partnership With Intel and Microsoft Offers Combined Strengths of Market Leaders

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology services provider, today launches in partnership with Intel and Microsoft, its Next Generation Desktop (NGDT) solution in Asia Pacific. NGDT offers a range of innovative workplace solutions for the integrated management and maintenance of workstations and network systems with significant reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO), pricing transparency, migration flexibility and operational versatility.

According to IDC, a leading provider of global IT research & advice, the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) market for desktop outsourcing is expected to grow at a CAGR (04-09) of 17.5% to over US$1.5billion in 2009.

“Increasingly, more large corporations are either establishing new or scaling up their existing operations in the Asia Pacific. We believe that the NDGT is a suitable outsourcing option for companies seeking a reliable and proven service provider to manage and maintain their workplace IT environment in support of a hybrid environment in the future,” said Mr Peter C A de Jong, Atos Origin's Global Director, Business Development for NGDT.

Next Generation Desktop is Atos Origin's Award Winning global solution for the workplace, including mobile solutions such as laptops and PDA, desktops, tablet-PC, smartphones and multifunctional printers. Based on a strong vision and seamless architecture, NGDT provides secure, flexible and portable working systems to public and private organizations and allow end-users to easily access their company's systems and information, thus making it possible for them to work anywhere, at any time.

The Next Generation Desktop's modular services, which include heterogeneous device support (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet PC and thin client), Self Service Support Portal, VoIP and Multifunctional Printing, are designed to meet clients' needs for user-friendly, flexible and seamlessly integrated total solution for the workplace environment.

“Next Generation Desktop is another best in class service that Atos Origin can offer to enterprises in the Asia Pacific,” said Mr de Jong. “In particular, our partnership with market leaders like Intel and Microsoft enables us to provide excellent value for money solutions that few can match.”

Atos Origin is one of the first IT services companies to integrate Intel® AMT (Intel Active Management Technology) in its desktop offering. This Intel technology offers innovative functionality, which allows Atos Origin to provide remote troubleshooting, remote asset tracking, deploy patches and repair infected systems at any time regardless of the OS or system state, which significantly improves the quality of desktop management. Through Intel AMT, Atos Origin will offer next to zero customer downtime.

During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, held last July, the Next Generation Desktop global solution has been awarded as best in class for "Deployment within the Information Worker" category, thanks to its ability in helping customers grow their market opportunities and improve customer services. In addition, the award underpins Microsoft's and Atos Origin's common intention in developing new solutions based on NGDT.

“Although desktop services are seen as a commodity, direct access to relevant data is critical for the business. By leveraging the latest technologies from Intel and Microsoft, Atos Origin's NGDT solutions, with its array of innovative functionalities and broad client device support, allow for an “ubiquitous computing” environment. NGDT provides a well defined technology roadmap and significant savings,” said Mr Rudi Depaepe, Vice President, Managed Desktop, Atos Origin Asia Pacific.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international consulting and 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.

In Asia Pacific, Atos Origin has its regional headquarters in Singapore and has over 2,300 employees in 9 countries servicing clients in Financial Services; Discrete Manufacturing; Telecom & Utilities; Process Industries; CPG/Retail and Public Sector.

About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at 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://www.microsoft.com/

Media Contact
Vivien Goh
VP, Marketing Communications
Atos Origin Asia Pacific
tel : 65-6832 2617
Fax : 65-6832 2600
e-mail : vivien.goh@atosorigin.com