Compaq’s Michael Capellas To Keynote At IDG World Expo’s Windows 2000 Conference & Expo

Framingham, Mass. — January 5, 2000 — IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com), the world’s leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced that Michael D. Capellas, president and CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation, will join Bill Gates and Michael Dell as keynote speakers of the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo (www.windows2000expo.com), to be held this February 15-17 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Dell will kick off the event at 9:00 a.m.on Tuesday, February 15 with a keynote address. Capellas will deliver his address at 6:30 p.m. on February 15. Gates officially will launch Windows 2000 on Thursday, February 17, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. — the same day that Microsoft plans to provide general retail, channel and OEM availability of the product.

To accommodate the large audience expected to attend these speeches, all three keynotes will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Shuttle buses will be provided to and from the Moscone Center.

"Gates, Dell and now Capellas: This is the most compelling combination of IT industry speakers at a single event on this year’s trade show calendar," says Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "This high-caliber trio of keynoters clearly establishes the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo as ‘ground zero’ for the world of Windows technology. This event is the place to be for everyone who wants to be on the inside track of the Windows 2000 launch, and attendees will greatly benefit from hearing first-hand from Michael Capellas what the future holds and how the industry will address the Windows 2000 opportunity."

About Michael Capellas

Michael D. Capellas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Compaq Computer Corporation, a global information technology and eBusiness leader providing products, services and solutions to large enterprises, small and medium businesses and consumers.

Prior to being named CEO in July 1999, Capellas was Compaq’s Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for overall strategic planning, organizational realignment and all operations. An expert in information technology and supply chain management, he joined Compaq in 1998 as Chief Information Officer.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo, an entrepreneurial business unit of IDG, is focused on launching and managing trade events for cutting-edge and emerging IT markets worldwide. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of next-generation IT events and conferences to enable technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. Events owned and managed by IDG World Expo include Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo owns Macworld Expo and ComNet. IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions, and has annual revenues of $2.35 billion.

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

# # #

For attendee registration and information on Windows 2000 Conference & Expo, please visit www.windows2000expo.com or call (800) 560-7612.