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OfficeMax launches into the Cloud

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — OfficeMax is ready to help its customers get more organized by offering them cloud service solutions.

OfficeMaxWorkplaceSM, the U.S. contract business for OfficeMax, has launched new cloud services powered by Xerox, making OfficeMax Workplace the only business-to-business office supplies and solutions provider to add Xerox's cloud services to its holistic suite of work-better solutions for business customers. Additionally, starting in February, OfficeMax stores nationwide will also provide access to MiMedia cloud services for consumers and small businesses. Both cloud service programs allow OfficeMax to provide consumers and businesses of all sizes with a cost-effective way to access, manage, share and recover files from many mobile devices.

"Medium to small businesses are increasingly finding that the cloud can offer them technology solutions that allow for consolidation of separate applications, and reduced on-site support and software/hardware purchase," said John Kenning, EVP and president of OfficeMax Workplace. "Our new cloud service offering makes these businesses competitive and offers previously unavailable technology solutions that are cost effective, agile and flexible."

For small businesses and home consumers, MiMedia cloud services available through OfficeMax stores will provide an easy-to-use way to automatically back-up, store, access and share their files on demand, including many popular business files and presentations, and even music, videos and photos for personal use.

"Cloud storage isn't just for large organizations. More entrepreneurs and consumers are using mobile devices to create content, and then leveraging the cloud as a preferred solution to store, access and share data that smart phones and tablets create," explains Michael Lewis, EVP and president of retail at OfficeMax. "We're pleased to provide these innovators with access to sophisticated yet easy-to-use cloud solutions that don't require IT staff to set up or manage."

The cloud-based services for business launched by OfficeMax Workplace and powered by Xerox deliver software and related applications through off-site data storage, allowing businesses and employees to gain access to their computers from virtually any place at any time. Organizations can also control much of their hardware, server, storage and networking management tasks from one streamlined online dashboard. Xerox's cloud-based mobile device management service allows organizations to realize cost savings while simplifying how they identify, manage, secure, track and recover data across many employees' work-related mobile devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. OfficeMax Workplace provides access to trained technical representatives to answer questions and help organizations develop individualized cloud-based solutions.

MiMedia is the only retail-based cloud services provider to offer nine key high-demand features in one package, including automatic file back-up; cloud storage; real-time streaming across more than 100 photo, video and audio music formats; and easy file sharing across more than 20 social networks. The service also includes access to MiMedia's apps for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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