Viking Direct/Office Depot and WinWeb Announce Exclusive Strategic Alliance to Help Small Business.


Leicester / London (UK), December 2, 2008 Viking Direct – part of Office Depot, a leading global provider of office products and services – together with WinWeb, the leading on-demand small business infrastructure provider, announced that they have entered into an exclusive strategic alliance to provide Viking Direct’s small business customers with access to WinWeb’s OnlineOffice™ product.Viking Direct has been granted exclusive rights by WinWeb to offer OnlineOffice™ in the office supplies sector in the UK.

WinWeb’s OnlineOffice™ provides small businesses with a comprehensive offering of integrated business and administrative tools, including accounting software, business planning resources, web hosting, business networking, and secure data storage.

“Micro businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the European economy, and Office Depot is here to help these customers take care of their businesses -whatever their needs may be,” said Ann Davis, of Viking Direct UK.

“WinWeb is excited to provide Office Depot’s loyal small business customers with our small business software suite of innovative tools,” said Stefan Töpfer, CEO/Chairman of WinWeb. “Whether they are looking to grow their business or increase productivity in the workplace, they can be confident that the OnlineOffice product will help them every step of the way.”

Over 650,000 small business clients of Viking Direct have free access to WinWeb’s OnlineOffice, normally charged at £119 plus VAT. This represents an unparalleled commitment to Vikings micro and small business clients.

About Office Depot

Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers through 1,705 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogues and a $4.9 billion e-commerce operation. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $15.1 billion, and employs about 49,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 48 countries.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

About WinWeb

WinWeb was founded in 1994 by Stefan Töpfer and has become the leading provider of on-demand online software (SaaS) and real business services to the 1 to 10 people SOHO and Micro Business Market. Based on WinWeb’s OnlineOffice, the Small Business Infrastructure has provided hundreds of thousands entrepreneurs with an micro business eco-system. This enables the micro business owner to access professional services on a time-shared basis for ad-hoc, projects, short-term or long-term demand, enhancing the businesses competitiveness and productivity, while keeping cost down and variable. This greatly enhances long-term survival of micro businesses.

WinWeb is privately owned and operates in all English speaking markets globally. With offices in Europe, North America and Australia.

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