Excitement and Buzz Surrounded Macworld Conference & Expo 2005 in San Francisco

FRAMINGHAM, MA – January 25, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the successful completion of Macworld Conference & Expo(R) in San Francisco, held January 10-14 at the Moscone Center and now in its 21st year. Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston is scheduled for July 11-14, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center. Macworld On Tour, a newly announced conference driven event, will take place in Orlando March 9-10, 2005.

Hundreds of new products were debuted at the event, which featured an exhibit hall filled with over 280 of the most innovative companies serving the Mac community – up from 260 exhibitors the previous year. Apple CEO, Steve Jobs introduced several new products during his keynote address including the iPod shuffle, Mac mini, iWork '05 and iLife '05. Sonance introduced the iPort, an in-wall docking station that connects an iPod to a home audio system. Better Energy Systems showcased its Solio Solar Chargers, which use the sun to charge iPods, mobile phones and PDAs. Kensington Technology Group unveiled a line of smaller, lighter power adapters for Apple laptops.

Winners of the Best of Show awards for the 2005 Macworld Conference & Expo were selected by the editors of Macworld magazine and Macworld.com from products that have been recently introduced or were making their public debut at the event. Winners included: iPod shuffle, Apple; Mac mini, Apple; Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition, ATI Technologies; TextWrangler 2.0, Bare Bones Software; Solio, Better Energy Systems; Elektron, Corriente Networks; SmartDeck, Griffin Technology; Close Combat: First to Fight, MacSoft; Transmit 3, Panic; Popcorn, Roxio; naviPlay, Ten Technology; Phaser EX7750, Xerox. Details about each of these products can be found at http://www.macworld.com/2005/01/news/expobestofshow/index.php.

"There was a lot of excitement for this year's show and it was felt by attendees, exhibitors and the media," said Warwick Davies, group vice president, IDG World Expo. "We had 20 more exhibitors, and exhibit hall floor space was larger than last year. Exhibitors told us they were very pleased with the event and have responded enthusiastically by signing up for next year's San Francisco event at a much higher rate than in the past. We're really happy about the success of this year's event."

Highlights of the conference included the first in depth public training on Apple's forthcoming Tiger operating system and its IT implications; training for Adobe Creative Suite, DVD Studio Pro, Dreamweaver, Professional Photoshop, FileMaker Pro 7, Final Cut Pro 4, Motion, Mac OS X, and many more; a feature presentation by Wil Wheaton, author of "Just a Geek" and actor in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the movie "Stand By Me"; and David Pogue, technology columnist for the New York Times, hosted the inaugural "Macworld Live!" talk show.

Concerts by six different music stars including Spin Doctors, John Legend and the Jackie Greene Band took place during the week, underscoring the importance of music at this year's event. Many of the concerts took place at The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a unique non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio which attended the event for the first time this year and was located in the exhibit hall.

Next year's Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco will take place January 9-13, 2006 at The Moscone Center.

For more information or to register for Macworld Conference & Expo Boston 2005 or Macworld On Tour in Orlando, please visit http://www.macworldexpo.com.

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, as well as prosumers using the Mac at home. Macworld Conference & Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and prosumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com , or call (800) 645-EXPO. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Annie Rice at (508) 424-4839 or annie_rice@idg.com or Ron Moreau at (508) 424-4804 or ron_moreau@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio–IT World Conference + Expo(TM), Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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