IDG ‘s InfoWorld Special Issue on Windows 2000, Complete News, Reviews, Analysis of Microsoft’s New Business OS

SAN MATEO, Calif. — IDG 's InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, will publish a Feb. 7 special issue on Microsoft's Windows 2000.

The special issue, which previews the Feb. 17 launch of Microsoft's eagerly awaited operating system, is a complete package of Windows 2000 business systems analysis and news coverage. The special issue includes a step-by-step Test Center Action Plan for upgrading to Windows 2000 as well as reviews of all three versions of the product. The special issue also includes a Special News Report on adoption plans and implementation issues, an interview with Microsoft vice president Jim Allchin, an overview on preparing effective training programs, and the opinions of InfoWorld columnists.

"Windows 2000 has been the mostly eagerly anticipated — and, at times, controversial — release of business software in years," said Michael Vizard, editor in chief of InfoWorld. "In this issue, we take a look behind the hype, hope, and fear, and instead focus on the realities and implications for business — from the economic impact to the time, training, and tools necessary for businesses to make objective and well-informed decisions."

Test Center coverage in the special issue includes:

– Test Center Action Plans for upgrading to Windows 2000 and for

preparing existing applications to run smoothly

– Reviews of Windows 2000 client and server operating systems

– Analysis of Microsoft's Active Directory

– Review of DM/Suite 5.0 from FastLane Technologies, migration

tools for easing the upgrade to Active Directory

– Test Center Analysis of Microsoft COM+ tools for developers

News coverage in the special issue includes:

– Special News Report on the choices, priorities, and challenges

facing IT managers

– Interview with Jim Allchin, Microsoft's vice president of

platforms group, discussing Windows 2000, Linux, and plans for

the future

– Opinions by Brian Livingston, Windows Manager columnist; IS

Survival Guide columnist Bob Lewis; Security Watch columnists

Stuart McClure and Joel Scambray; and Maggie Biggs in her

Enterprise Toolbox column.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. InfoWorld's $ 21million dollar dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of technology and products as well as provides in-depth analysis and the business ROI of the technology and implementation.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes, defining technology for business on the web, features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, interactive discussion forums, along with a weekly e-mail newsletter (the InfoWorld Scoop) and a complete archive of InfoWorld's print edition.

InfoWorld Media Group is a business unit of IDG , the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and 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 worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www. idg .com.