NEW SMARTSTRIP® 3.0 LABELING SYTEM RECEIVES MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION

Independent, third-party testing ensures SmartStrip’s reliability, security and performance

NEW SMARTSTRIP® 3.0 LABELING SYTEM RECEIVES MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION

HASTINGS, Minn. (August 13, 2008) — Concerned about using labeling software with Windows Vista™? Worry no more. With Smead’s SmartStrip® 3.0, you can be certain that this patented labeling system meets reliability, security and performance requirements specified by Microsoft for its Windows Vista platform. Smartstrip passed a strict third-party test, making it one of the first “Vista Certified” programs in its field. Smartstrip Labeling System 3.0 is the first Smead product to be certified by Microsoft for Windows Vista, and many other Smead products are currently scheduled for certification.

“Providing products that complement current technology choices is always a top priority for Smead,” said Jim Riesterer, Smead Vice President of Marketing. “We want to make it easier to stay organized and make life less stressful for our customers. So making our office filing products like Smartstrip compatible with the range of operating systems in the marketplace is important.”

More than 140 million copies of Microsoft Vista have already been sold, making it the fastest-selling operating system in Microsoft history. 62% of small businesses say Windows Vista saves them time and 70% say it makes them more productive, according to an independent survey.

SmartStrip Labeling System lets you work smarter not harder by offering the efficiency of color coded indexing without the time-consuming task of applying individual colored labels to shelf filing products. Simply type in the file headings and click to print. Using a form that feeds easily into printers, a label strip complete with color coding, text and bar codes is ready for your end tab filing products. In addition, Smartstrip software allows you to match your label design with the most popular color coding systems including Smead, Tab®, Ames®, Datafile® and others.

Smartstrip 3.0 will be rolled out this summer at office supply stores throughout the United States. Look for the “Vista Certified” logo on the package. Visit www.smead.com to learn more about Smartstrip and how a color coded filing system can keep you organized.

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About Smead: (www.smead.com)
Smead is a worldwide leader in office filing products and records management systems. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering thousands of organizational products with more than 2,400 employees across North America and Europe.