IDG Conferences and Events Experience Unprecedented Growth, Global Expansion

BOSTON — 03/10/2000 — As the new century of technology and innovation emerges, International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading provider of IT media and information services, continues to expand and fortify its comprehensive portfolio of more than 168 targeted IT and Internet-focused conferences and events around the world. This year will mark the debut of several Internet business conferences from the new ASPWorld Conference & Expo in the US and Europe. Additionally, Europe's first-ever Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) will be held in Germany in September, joining the ICe global product line led by the flagship Boston event taking place March 27-30.

IDG's Internet event portfolio offers the most comprehensive set of conferences and exhibitions focused on important market trends that are driving the Internet economy, including:

— Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) – (March 27-30), Boston; (July), Taipei, Taiwan www.iceexpo.com (Sept. 11-14), San Jose, CA

— IDC's eSolutions Integrator Forum – (June 8-9), Boston, MA www.idc.com/events

– Vortex – (May 23-26), Dana Point, CA www.vortex2000.com

— ASPWorld Conference & Expo – (October 3-6) San Jose, CA www.idgworldexpo.com

— ComNet – (June 14-16), Warsaw, Poland; (Oct), Shanghai and Shenzhen, China www.comnetexpo.com

— IDC's Internet Executive Forum – (Sept. 19-20), San Francisco, CA www.idc.com/events

"Given the pace of change in the Internet economy, staying abreast of current, critical information can become a time-consuming – and often overwhelming – task," said Kelly Conlin, president and CEO of IDG. "With the industry's premier, global series of conferences and events, IDG provides focused, information-rich events for people who are time-poor and information hungry. By bringing together today's foremost business and technology visionaries, as well as technology buyers, entrepreneurs and investors, we provide the forums that showcase cutting edge technologies, innovative business models, best practices and new trends that help the industry continue its rapid growth."

IDG is the Only Company Offering Events on All Major Computing Platforms

IDG World Expo's Window 2000 Conference and Expo (www.windows2000expo.com) – the first and only tradeshow to focus exclusively on the entire line of Microsoft Windows 2000 based enterprise products and applications, and the official launch venue for the Windows 2000 operating system – recently debuted in San Francisco. The conference, which attracted nearly 20,000 attendees, featured 30 in-depth technical and educational sessions, more than 50 new product launches, and keynote addresses from some of our industry's most notable technology visionaries including Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Michael Capellas. A second Windows 2000 Conference and Expo will take place on September 6-8 in New York, NY.

In addition to serving the largest platform with the Windows 2000 Conference and Expo, IDG also serves the fastest growing business platform with LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, (August 14-17, San Jose, CA, www.linuxworldexpo.com) and the fastest growing consumer platform with Macworld Expo, the industry's longest running Macintosh event (July 18-21, New York, NY, www.macworldexpo.com).

IDG Expands European, Asian Conference Offerings

IDG's targeted global events offer technology professionals a significant opportunity to make a personal connection with potential buyers, partners and suppliers around the world. Producing 15 conferences and expositions in China alone, IDG was the first to offer expositions in emerging markets throughout Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Europe's first Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, September 19-21, 2000. A first of its kind in Europe, IDG anticipates 10,000 e-business industry leaders and technology decision makers to attend. Also in Germany, Komm 2000, will also be held the week of September 19, focusing on such areas as digital market management, online advertising, media finance and e-strategy.

LinuxWorld Expo Singapore 2000, scheduled in March, promises to be the biggest LinuxWorld show in Asia thus far, based on registered exhibitors. Robert F. Young, chairman, Red Hat Software and Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and CEO of Corel Corporation will be keynote speakers. Additionally, ASPWorld Conference & Expo will take place for the first time in Japan, April 19-21 and Vietnam Computerworld Expo 2000 will be held September 6-9. IDG recently signed an agreement with the Shenzhen Municipal Government to organize ComNet Shenzhen as an integral part of the China Hi-Tech Fair, making it one of the largest events in China.

A Track Record of Worldwide Success

IDG's established European conferences and expositions continue to attract record-breaking numbers of attendees and exhibitors. Systems, a business-to-business exhibition in Munich, recently celebrated the Fourth ComputerPartner Awards, attracting more than 1,500 attendees to the ceremony. Also in Germany, IDG's Computerwoche Conference was held in November, establishing a reputation as a "must attend" event in Germany.

IDG's Asian conferences have also met with solid success, attracting large numbers of attendees and exhibitors alike. ComNet Hanoi, the first paid, IT conference in Vietnam, launched December 2, 1999 with Ministry officials officiating at the opening ceremonies. Internet World Japan, drew more than 50,000 attendees and featured 105 exhibitors.

About International Data Group

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.56 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 290 computer newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO, and Channel World global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://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 in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.