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FedEx Kinko's Connects Computers to Network of Print Centers

Press release from the issuing company

DALLAS--Aug. 17, 2004-- FedEx Kinko's, an operating company of FedEx Corp., has launched an innovative software tool called File, Print FedEx Kinko's(TM) that can connect Microsoft Windows desktop users to 1,100 FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Centers nationwide. File, Print FedEx Kinko's software is free and may be downloaded at www.fedexkinkos.com. The software tool works over the Web to provide easy access to FedEx Kinko's services not available on most home or office printers. Unlike orders placed through a Web site, this innovative new printing tool works from inside Microsoft Windows desktop programs. "File, Print FedEx Kinko's creates a virtual printer cable from your desktop to any U.S. FedEx Kinko's location. This intuitive and quick-printing tool provides great value and convenience to our customers," said Laurie Zeitlin, senior vice president and chief information officer for FedEx Kinko's. "File, Print FedEx Kinko's extends customer access to our digitally connected network of 1,100 domestic locations, transforming the meaning of print on demand for Microsoft Windows users." The launch of this new technology extends the FedEx legacy of innovation and commitment to delivering superior customer experiences. File, Print FedEx Kinko's also represents the latest milestone in a long history of e-commerce solutions from FedEx Kinko's, which accepted its first online orders in the mid-1990s. The software was developed in conjunction with Microsoft and is built on the Microsoft platform, including using Microsoft .NET technology to seamlessly connect people, information, systems and organizations. "File, Print FedEx Kinko's is a great example of how our partners can build on Microsoft Office to help people get their work done more quickly," said Guy Gilbert, Office group product manager at Microsoft. "Now, customers can create, print and deliver their documents just as conveniently when they are on the road as they can when they are in their office. What's more, File, Print FedEx Kinko's gives small- and medium-sized businesses instant access to the same sophisticated printing and shipping technologies that their larger competitors use without having to buy and store all that expensive equipment." Ease and Convenience: How It Works File, Print FedEx Kinko's is a productivity tool ideally suited to the needs of mobile professionals, small businesses and other time-starved individuals. File, Print FedEx Kinko's is much like sending documents to an office or home printer, except that customers can pick up the high-quality printing at their local FedEx Kinko's. File, Print FedEx Kinko's features and benefits include: A simple, easy-to-use interface. Quick access to all of the ordering options that customers use most, such as single- and double-sided printing, finishing options like stapling and binding, and much more. Finding the most convenient FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Center in the U.S. Order preview and pricing. Flexible production, payment and delivery options - including customer pickup or FedEx shipping. File, Print FedEx Kinko's also offers the option to work offline and send the order once connected to the Internet. For example, a business traveler can prepare an order on the airplane, then preview and place the order from his or her hotel once online. File, Print FedEx Kinko's is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP and uses Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1.