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Office Depot and Lenovo Announce In-Store Availability of ThinkPad Wireless Notebooks

   

RALEIGH, N.C. and DELRAY BEACH, Fla., November 3, 2005 – Lenovo, the world's third-largest personal computing company, announced today that it has teamed with Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, to sell its popular new Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks.

Office Depot customers will now be able to experience the new widescreen, titanium-encased Lenovo ThinkPad Z60t, and the Lenovo ThinkPad T43 with integrated fingerprinter reader, at any of the more than 1,000 Office Depot stores across the country. The nationwide rollout begins November 6th.

"Lenovo shares Office Depot's philosophy of bringing our business customers the most innovative products to help them succeed, and the new series of ThinkPad notebooks is no exception," said John Lostroscio, Vice President of Merchandising, Office Depot. "In fact, Office Depot employees also use ThinkPads as part of their daily business, another testament to our customers that they're using the best products available anywhere today."

The award-winning ThinkPad notebooks are recognized throughout the industry for their quality and reliability, and feature such innovative technologies as an integrated fingerprint reader, embedded security subsystem, and an Active Protection System air bag-like technology which protects the user's data in case the notebook is dropped.

"Small business customers appreciate the convenience of Office Depot stores and will now be able to experience for themselves the innovative new ThinkVantage Technologies and ThinkVantage Design features that make our notebooks easier to use, more reliable than ever before, and the most secure in the industry," said Deepak Advani, chief marketing officer, Lenovo.

In addition to the ThinkPad T43 and the widescreen ThinkPad Z60t now available at Office Depot and www.officedepot.com , customers can also select from the ThinkPad Express portfolio (available online only). ThinkPad models offered through Office Depot include the X Series, X41 Tablet, R Series, T Series and Z60 notebook models in addition to Lenovo mobile accessories and options. ThinkPad notebook prices for models offered through Office Depot start at $699.

About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is the world's most innovative personal computing company, with a business model built on innovation, operational excellence and customer satisfaction and a focus investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com .

About Office Depot With annual sales of over $14 billion, Office Depot provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company. Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, Office Depot conducts business in 23 countries and employs 47,000 people worldwide. The Company operates under the Office Depot®, Viking Office Products®, Viking Direct®, Guilbert®, and Tech Depot® brand names.

Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel — from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. With over $3.1 billion in online sales, the Company is the world's number three Internet retailer. As of September 24, 2005, Office Depot has 1,009 retail stores in North America. Internationally, the Company conducts wholly-owned operations in 14 countries, and operates retail stores under joint venture and license arrangements in another seven countries.

The company's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional press information can be found at: mediarelations.officedepot.com .