IDC LEADS THE PACK WITH EXPANDED, ENHANCED RESEARCH COVERAGE

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 25, 1996 — International Data Corporation (IDC), the

global information resource for high-technology research, today announced

enhanced, expanded research coverage for 1997. New services focus on the

hottest technology topics, including in-depth coverage of the Internet and

related markets. IDC offers more than 90 Continuous Information Services

(CISes) worldwide — the most of any technology research firm.

"With both technology and markets moving faster than ever, purchasers and

manufacturers of IT desperately need data, information and insight to make sound

business decisions," said Kirk Campbell, IDC's president and CEO. "IDC designed

its comprehensive 1997 research coverage to provide customers with the value-

added research they need to effectively run their businesses."

Expanded Internet/Intranet Coverage

As the Internet continues to impact all aspects of information technology, IDC

has enhanced existing services and added new ones to provide an in-depth

perspective on this computing phenomenon. Internet-related services for 1997

include:

• Internet (formerly Internet Commerce)

• Internet Software (new)

• European Internet (new)

• Terminals and Intranet Network Computers

• Collaborative and Intranet Computing

• Interactive Services

• Electronic Commerce

In addition, an Internet infrastructure report series will be offered.

Beyond Internet research, IDC has launched three new quarterly market tracking

services on U.S. Personal Computers, Worldwide Smart Handheld Devices, and

Worldwide Printers. "These three new quarterly products not only reflect

customer demand, but build upon our demonstrated experience with the Worldwide

Quarterly PC Market Tracker, which has been an outstanding success for IDC,"

said Campbell.

Additionally, IDC has launched or repositioned several worldwide services,

including Information Access Tools, Facsimiles, Scanners, Networking Products

Distribution, System Infrastructure, Residential Broadband Services, Consumer

and Productivity Applications, Education Markets, and Electronic Gaming.

Expanded European/Asia-Pacific Research

IDC also expanded its European and Asia/Pacific research to include more

coverage of key technologies.

In addition to European Internet, the following offerings are being introduced:

•Distribution Channels

•Broadband Communications

•Remote Access

•Mobile PCs

•Server Operating Systems Tracking

•Network Support and Integration

•Support and Operational Services