Press Release: November 30, 2006

HP Offers Enterprise Customers Integrated Products and Support for Upcoming Microsoft Launch

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 30, 2006

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HP today announced a broadportfolio of “Microsoft-Ready” products, services and solutions tohelp ensure customers experience a seamless transition to WindowsVista™, the 2007 Microsoft® Office system and Microsoft ExchangeServer 2007.

HP will support the latestMicrosoft products through interoperability with its enterprisehardware and software offerings – including HP ProLiant and HPBladeSystem servers, HP StorageWorks products and HP Software – toimprove access to information and tools so customers can moreeffectively collaborate and be more productive.

Additionally, nearly all HPbusiness notebook, desktop and workstation PCs are available inWindows Vista Premium Ready configurations. In fact, HP was thefirst computer manufacturer in the industry to receive a WindowsVista Premium logo, for the HP xw9400 Workstation. More than 450 HP imaging and printingproducts are Windows Vista Ready.

As worldwide primeintegrator for Microsoft products and technologies, HP Serviceswill offer planning, design, implementation and support of the newMicrosoft technologies and has the ability to integrate them intoheterogeneous IT environments.

HP Services’ educationteam, a worldwide Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for learningsolutions, will offer customized training to prepare businesses forthe launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system andMicrosoft Exchange Server 2007. Services include traditionalclassroom or online training that enables businesses to stay up todate while minimizing the time away from core businessactivities.

“HP has worked extensivelywith Microsoft to develop complementary products and servicesacross our portfolio that help customers realize the full value ofthe latest Microsoft offerings,” said David Booth, senior vicepresident and U.S. country manager, Technology Solutions Group, HP.“With HP and Microsoft technologies, customers can create a moreagile, adaptive and successful business.”

To ensure HP businesscustomers receive the best experience from the latest technologyadvancements from Microsoft, the companies created the FrontlinePartnership, which spans hardware, software and services.

“As we launch WindowsVista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Microsoft ExchangeServer 2007, we recognize HP as a key global partner who ourcustomers can depend on,” said Mike Sievert, vice president,Windows marketing Group, Microsoft Corp. “Together, Microsoft andHP are providing customers high quality products and anunprecedented opportunity to build their People-Ready Business,leveraging their organizations’ greatest asset – their people.”

Improved enterprisedata security, access and efficiency

HP engineers have workedintensely to ensure enterprise customers get the most from thebuilt-in capabilities of Windows Vista, Microsoft Office SharePointServer 2007, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 -- from theprotection they demand, to anywhere access capabilities theiremployees need, to the operational efficiency required by ITadministrators.

HP’s enterprise managementsoftware will support both the Windows Vista and ExchangeServer 2007 environments. As a large number of enterprises upgradeto Windows Vista, HP Software smart plug-ins (SPIs) – including theExchange Server 2007 SPI – will ensure seamless interoperabilitywith the new platforms.

HP StorageWorks productswill provide full support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, whileHP ProLiant servers with Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Edition support64-bit versions of both Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 andMicrosoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. In addition, HP BladeSystem c-Classsolutions offer scalable performance, as well as a high degree ofoperational and management efficiencies for Microsoft ExchangeServer 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007.

HP’s early installation ofbeta releases for both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 andMicrosoft Exchange Server 2007 provided an opportunity forpreliminary performance and scalability testing. HP has deployedboth applications in a pilot phase and plans to upgrade to eachnext year as part of its own IT transformation and data centerconsolidation.

ActiveAnswers, where HPshares online its experience and best practices for planning,development and operation of solutions based on Microsoft OfficeSharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, providesup-to-date technical information, system configurators as well asstorage and performance tools. New whitepapers focusing on HP’sbest practices for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 andMicrosoft Exchange Server 2007 are expected to be availablein January 2007.

In addition, new HPEnd-User Workplace Messaging & Collaboration Solutions forMicrosoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft ExchangeServer 2007 provide competitively priced alternatives to building,staffing and managing an infrastructure in-house. HP works withcustomers to design and deliver the solutions that will helpcontrol costs via per-seat pricing and achieve higher levels ofperformance.

Windows Vistasimplifies device deployment, maintenance; Improves security,efficiency

HP engineers have devotedmore than 153,000 cumulative hours over the past five years workingwith Microsoft to ensure that its IT infrastructure productssmoothly and simply support and integrate the new Windows Vistaoperating system into enterprise IT environments.

As the first PCmanufacturer to deliver TPM 1.2 embedded security in May 2005, HPdesktop PCs were used extensively in the validation of BitLocker,helping to ensure HP business systems deliver a secure experiencefor Windows Vista enterprise customers. In addition, HP mobilitycustomers can get more done and stay better connected with avariety of advanced Windows Vista networking and mobility features,such as HP Mobile Data Protection 3D and HP Wireless Assistant,that offer improved wireless access management and improved dataprotection.

To help business customersdeploy Windows Vista and to help protect existing technologyinvestments, HP is also providing customers with free or low-costWindows Vista and 2007 Office upgrades. Additionally, softwaredrivers and explanatory white papers are expected to be availableonline starting in December for select models.

For example, the HPUniversal Print Driver, a single, intelligent print driver thateliminates the need to perform individual driver installations, canhelp businesses virtually eliminate the need for testing,qualifying and distributing hundreds of different printer driverswhen they migrate to Windows Vista.(1)

In fact, many of the coreprinting architectures native to Microsoft operating systems weredeveloped through a strong collaboration between HP and Microsoft.For instance, HP provided expertise in the development ofMicrosoft’s Unidrive printing architecture and provided input onthe new XPS document format.

Finally, new HP End-UserWorkplace Desktop Solutions for Windows Vista can help improvesecurity, connectivity and manageability of an end-user computingenvironment to deliver the full value of a Windows Vista solution.These services help clients transition to Windows Vista byevaluating business requirements and recommending an overallstrategy for upgrading, deploying and managing a standardized,highly secure Windows Vista environment.

More information about HP’ssupport for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, andMicrosoft Exchange Server 2007 for business customers is availableat


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(1) HP’s WindowsVista enabled Universal Print Driver is expected to be available inearly 2007. Visit the most recent Windows Vista drivers and downloads. HPUniversal Print Driver is available as a free download from

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