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HP Announces European Commission Approval of EDS Acquisition; Agrees to Settle Litigation Relating to Acquisition

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 25, 2008

HP today announced that the European Commission has approved without conditions HP’s planned acquisition of Electronic Data Systems Corporation.

HP and EDS announced on May 13, 2008, that they had signed a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase EDS at a price of $25.00 per share, or an enterprise value of approximately $13.9 billion.

As announced on June 30, 2008, the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 relating to the acquisition expired without a request for additional information by the U.S. Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission.

The transaction still requires EDS stockholder approval and regulatory clearance from other non-U.S. jurisdictions. EDS stockholders are scheduled to vote on the transaction on July 31, 2008. The transaction also is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other closing conditions specified in the definitive agreement.

HP also announced today that HP, EDS and the plaintiffs in the five stockholder lawsuits that were commenced following the execution of the definitive agreement have agreed to settle and dismiss all pending lawsuits concerning the proposed merger, subject to court approval. As part of that settlement, HP and EDS have confirmed that the closing of the merger will not occur prior to Aug. 18, 2008. Accordingly, the EDS third quarter 2008 dividend of $0.05 per share will be paid on Sept. 10, 2008 to the EDS stockholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 15, 2008.

In connection with the settlement, HP and EDS have entered into an amendment of the definitive agreement to incorporate the terms of the settlement and other terms agreed to by the parties.

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EDS has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proxy statement in connection with the proposed merger. The proxy statement has been sent or given to the stockholders of EDS. Before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the merger, investors and stockholders of EDS are urged to read the proxy statement and any other relevant materials filed with the SEC because they contain (or will contain) important information about the merger. The proxy statement and any other documents filed by EDS with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SECís website at In addition, investors and stockholders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by going to EDSís Investor Relations page on its corporate website at or by directing a request to EDS at 5400 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024 - Attention: Investor Relations.

EDS and HP and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from EDS stockholders in connection with the merger. Information about HPís directors and executive officers is set forth in HPís proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on January 29, 2008 and HPís Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 18, 2007. Information about EDSís directors and executive officers is set forth in EDSís proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on March 4, 2008 and EDSís Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 27, 2008. Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the merger is included in the definitive proxy statement that EDS has filed with the SEC.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including the expected benefits and costs of the transaction; management plans relating to the transaction; the expected timing of the completion of the transaction; the ability to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including the execution of integration plans; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize as expected; that the transaction may not be timely completed, if at all; that, prior to the completion of the transaction, EDSís business may not perform as expected due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors; that the parties are unable to successfully implement integration strategies; and other risks that are described in HPís Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the risks described in HPís Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2007 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2008. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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