IDC Launches Enhanced, Re-designed IDC.com

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 1, 2000 – Affirming IDC's commitment to provide insightful, unbiased, and actionable information, the company today launched its redesigned corporate Web site at www.idc.com.

The new idc.com, in addition to a fresh, easy-to-navigate look and feel, features weekly analyst spotlights, a Research Store, and sections targeted toward specific audience and technology segments.

"The number of unique and returning visitors to idc.com has continuously increased each month over the past year, as more and more people discover the valuable research and information available on the site," said Brian Harrold, vice president, Interactive Products & Services. "Based on feedback from IDC clients, visitors, and employees, we enhanced the site — providing easier access to more content and features and highlighting our timely research and thoughtful analysis."

Updated pages at idc.com include:

— Analyst spotlight — Each week IDC features a different analyst from one of its worldwide research programs, answering questions about his/her area of specialty.

— Guest accounts — Guests may use IDC's "saved search" and email notification system and be automatically updated when research of interest is published. IDC has simplified this process, making it easier and quicker to obtain a Guest account.

— Research Store — IDC's Store spotlights the company's research on the hottest IT markets, and features a research catalog with more than 6,500 research documents. During the first half of FY 2000 (October 1999 — March 2000), IDC's eCommerce sales increased 389% over the comparable period in 1999. IDC has streamlined the online purchasing process, enabling quicker transactions and immediate access to desired research. In addition, the Research Store also includes free research, which changes periodically.

— Email newsletters — Visitors may view and subscribe to IDC's new, free weekly email newsletters — IT Forecaster(TM), eBusiness Trends(TM), and ASP Advisor(TM).

— Category-level pages — Clients and visitors interested in information on specific technology categories -such as ebusiness, software, or communications — can now go to pages focused on those areas.

These "sites within the site" include new research, related events, and an analyst spotlight.

The redesigned idc.com also contains other popular features, such as recent press releases, a weekly "Quote of Note", IDC Executive Insights (a monthly commentary on trends in the IT industry), and information on IDC conferences and events worldwide.

About IDC

IDC delivers dependable, relevant, and high-impact data and insight on information technology to help organizations make sound business and technology decisions. IDC forecasts worldwide IT markets and technology trends and analyzes IT products and vendors, using a combination of rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC is committed to providing global research with local content through more than 500 analysts in 43 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT suppliers, IT organizations, and the financial community. Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.

IDC is a division of International Data Group, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company.

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