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IBM Retail Store Solutions Earns Windows Embedded Partner Excellence Award


LAS VEGAS, NV - 03 May 2007: The IBM Retail Store Solutions group today announced that it received the North and South American Windows Embedded Partner Excellence Award 2007. IBM (NYSE: IBM) received this award for Windows Embedded Point of Service this week at Microsoft Corp.'s Mobile & Embedded Developers Conference.

The Windows Embedded Partner Excellence Awards, previously called the Windows Embedded Partner of the Year Awards, recognizes visionaries and organizations around the world that use technology in an innovative and creative manner.

Microsoft recognized IBM for its wide-ranging collaboration in the retail space, including OS platform adoption initiatives in key segments of the vertical market and its tremendous year-over-year growth of shipments running Windows Embedded Point of Service. IBM has been instrumental in driving Windows Embedded Point of Service into large retailers.

"Microsoft is pleased to recognize IBM for the contributions it has made to the Windows Embedded Point of Service business," said Ilya Bukshteyn, director of Windows Embedded marketing at Microsoft. "We look forward to working together to bring new and innovative designs to the retail market quickly."

"As the leading supplier of point-of-sale solutions, we value our partnership with Microsoft and appreciate that it recognized the success IBM has in integrating Windows Embedded Point of Service into our products," said Juhi Jotwani, director of marketing and strategy for IBM Retail Store Solutions. "IBM offers the best-of-breed choice for our customers interested in a Microsoft solution. We look forward to continued success with Windows Embedded Point of Service and Microsoft."

With more than 30 years of point-of-sale market leadership, IBM and its network of over 1,000 IBM Business Partners provide retailers of all sizes store solutions that can help increase sales and reduce costs.

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Joanna Brewer
IBM Media Relations
(415) 545-2270
jmbrewer@us.ibm.com

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