IDG Remains Leading European Technology Publishers

BOSTON, MA – JULY 24, 2000 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading provider of IT media and information services, today announced a content agreement with Ciaoweb and details of the soon-to-be launched IDGworld.it — making IDG the premier provider of online IT resources in Italy. IDG Communications Italia recently signed an agreement to be the exclusive IT content provider for the Computer Channel on Ciaoweb (www.ciaoweb.it), the Fiat Internet portal launched last year. Later this summer, IDG will premier IDGworld.it (www.IDGworld.it), a comprehensive resource for Italy’s IT professionals featuring a gateway to online publications spanning the entire technology industry, from personal computing to enterprise networking.

 

"Online usage in Italy has increased dramatically in recent years, with more than 9.1 million Internet users today and IDC forecasts growth rates of 34% over the next four years," said Kelly Conlin, IDG president and CEO. "Since the founding of IDG Italia in 1982, IDG has been the premier provider of content to Italy's most influential technology buyers, and these expanded online offerings online, along with alliances with key partners like Fiat, will enhance IDG's market leadership."

CiaoWeb Chooses IDG

Under this exclusive agreement, IDG is contracted to provide IT-related content to the Ciaoweb Computer Channel. The Italian editions of PC World, Macworld and NetWorking will provide reviews of computer products, comparative tables, buyers' guides, practical advice and price lists, while Computerworld Italia will supply weekly news of the international IT market. Ciaoweb's Computer Channel has more than 170,000 registered users ranging from consumers to professionals, making it a top source for Italian-speakers seeking IT-related information.

IDGworld.it Debuts in July

By the end of July, IDG will launch IDGworld.it, a portal to the re-designed Web

sites of Computerworld Italia, NetWorking Italia, PC World Italia, Macworld Italia and Jobuniverse.it. Managed by a team of dedicated editors, IDGworld.it will feature original articles and news coverage of the international IT and telecom markets, a forum for visitors and a polling section asking people to answer hot questions chosen by the editors of all the magazines. The site will offer a comprehensive search capability and a "microsite" related to current hot topics. In addition, visitors to IDGworld.it may take advantage of subscriptions to email newsletters.

IDG Italia Publications Expand Internet Economy Focus

IDG Communications Italia recently completed an agreement with Smau Impresa 2000 Expo, (May 31- June 3) the business exhibition focused on issues impacting the Internet economy. Computerworld Italia developed the Smau Impresa's Guide, which provided users with articles about the exhibition's aim, the event plant with a description of every exhibitor and a complete calendar of the companies' workshops and break-out sessions.

With its May issue, Networking Italia premiered a new section, “Internet Industry,” with analysis and articles focused on the impact of technologies, services and market changes on the Internet. The publication’s “Applications” features information on directory services, application servers, knowledge management, business intelligence and data warehousing.

Beginning with the June issue, PC World Italia will publish a new six-page section, “Net Economy.” This new section is based on the success of the March “Trading Online Special Guide,” in which PC World analyzed legal problems linked to trading online and gave advice to the readers willing to buy and sell stocks on the Net, the new section will be especially relevant for PC proficient users and buyers. Additionally, through July 15th, newsstands throughout Italy will be selling “WILD WILD WEB – Crazy for the Net,” a new special edition in the series “PC World Italia Guides,” which this year provides an in-depth review of topics relating to the Internet, offering a complete overview of what the Net has to offer in terms of opportunities and services.

About International Data Group (IDG)

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 300 newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO and For Dummies 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 270 targeted Web sites in 70 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 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.