“Cost reduction and increased productivity and security with Atos Origin and Microsoft’s launch of new workplace solutions”

Paris, 5 December 2006

Atos™ Workplace Solutions based on Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Exchange Server 2007

Atos Origin's innovative workplace management offering, Atos™ Workplace Solutions, is now available with support for Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Exchange Server 2007. Initial pilot deployments indicate that Atos Origin's clients can realize up to a 50 percent cost reduction in workplace management while increasing productivity and security compared with a traditional managed workplace infrastructure.

Atos Origin joined the global Microsoft Technology Adoption Program in the beginning of 2006 for the flagship products Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007, which were unveiled last week. For these new releases, Atos Origin has
performed extensive testing to incorporated support for these products into Atos Workplace Solutions for this launch date. Atos Origin developed an additional 4-step Workplace Transformation process to reduce the cost of migration and business disruption from previous Microsoft software versions.

Some of the benefits Atos Origin's clients can expect to see when running Atos Workplace Solutions on Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007:

  • Lower operational costs through faster deployment, increased reliability and improved remote management functions,
  • Enhanced security and compliancy, including data encryption, malware protection and limited user rights,
  • Efficient performance enhancement, including: optimized user interface, mobility & collaboration tools and improved search capabilities, and
  • Easy integration with business applications through XML and workflow interfaces.

“We're excited about the tremendous support and enthusiasm our industry partners around the world are providing for the business availability launch of Windows Vista,” said Dave Wascha, director of Partner Marketing for the Windows Client Group at Microsoft Corp. “Our industry partners play a vital role in encouraging the early adoption, development and delivery of Microsoft technologies. By working closely with valued partners like Atos we are helping to provide a high-quality product and an improved user experience, which ultimately benefits our mutual customers.”

Marianne Hewlett, Senior Vice President Global Marketing at Atos Origin concludes: “Close collaboration with Microsoft over the last year resulted in the ability to offer support for Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 as soon as the software is available to the marketplace. Atos Origin has always taken a collaborative approach in order to offer innovative solutions to its clients. We are committed to provide our customers solutions that allow them to prepare for future business challenges.”

Atos™ Workplace Solutions is a key element in the Atos Origin Business Harmonization approach, a program that delivers measurable business value to its clients by harmonizing business processes and IT along a carefully constructed roadmap. Providing a full range of modular and flexible desktop and end-user support services, Atos Workplace solutions allows the end user to work anywhere, anyplace, and at anytime. Built on extensive and proven experience in all industry sectors, Atos Workplace Solutions currently manage more than 600,000 seats, 20,000 servers, 8 million calls per year and 350,000 corporate mailboxes.

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 EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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For more information please contact:

Marie-tatiana Collombert
+ 33 1 55 91 26 33

José de Vries
+ 33 1 55 91 24 53