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MICROSOFT LICENSES KODAK COLOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MSFT) today announced a licensing agreement that brings Kodak color management technology to future Microsoft operating systems software, including Microsoft Windows.
 As a result of the agreement, Microsoft will integrate a Kodak color matching module with Microsoft's image color matching framework -- a system-level resource for color management. Previously, Kodak's color management has been offered to Microsoft Windows users as an integrated feature with applications software packages.
 With the Kodak image color matching module resident in the operating system, Microsoft users will be able to accurately match colors across different hardware components and software applications.
 The color matching module is one segment of the Kodak color management system, which provides users with consistent, high-quality color across their entire digital imaging systems -- including scanners, monitors and output devices.
 Microsoft is licensing a Kodak "engine" that performs complex color conversions involved in a color management system, along with a base set of device color profiles.
 "This agreement combines Microsoft's leadership in personal-computer operating systems and application software with Kodak's expertise in digital color imaging," said Richard D. Lorbach, general manager and vice president, Desktop Imaging Division.
 "Microsoft has selected proven Kodak technology, which will provide significant increases in the consistency and quality of color across Microsoft's operating systems," stated Jon Lazarus, vice president of systems strategy at Microsoft.
 Kodak has been developing color management systems and software for more than 10 years. Kodak color management software provides consistent color from scan to monitor to print. It is based on Kodak color technology that is used in high-end graphic arts prepress systems. Kodak color management technology is licensed by a wide variety of original equipment manufacturers and software developers.
 "We chose Kodak technology based on their expertise and leadership in developing a highly responsive color management system," concluded Lazarus. "By including the Kodak color matching module in Microsoft systems software, we will stimulate the use of high-quality color images and graphics in Windows environments, as well as meet the demands from the growing base of Windows users in the professional publishing market."
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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