IDG Surrounds Windows 2000 With Industry’s Broadest Portfolio of Offerings

BOSTON– 02/10/2000 — With next week's debut of the Windows 2000 Conference and Expo, International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading IT media and information services company, further extends its leadership to provide the largest portfolio of Windows 2000-focused offerings. Unrivaled in the industry, IDG's Windows 2000 offerings span the broad spectrum of information resources and services, including 30 educational book titles; a special custom publication devoted to Windows 2000; 21 new training programs; a new focused Windows 2000 Web channel; and extensive research from IDC on the deployment and impact of Windows 2000, along with extensive coverage on Windows 2000 in IDG's global portfolio of over 290 publications.

"IDG helps IT professionals and other serious computer users evaluate technologies such as Windows 2000, putting them into a context that provides technical insight, relevance and value," said Kelly Conlin, IDG president and CEO. "While broad in scope, our global portfolio of Windows 2000 offerings centers on the issues that directly impact users – including real world solutions, vendor deployment strategies, and technical training. IDG uniquely excels in

its ability to leverage multi-dimensional, integrated product offerings for the benefit of computer users around the globe."

IDG World Expo's Windows 2000 Conference and Expo – the world's first and only tradeshow to focus exclusively on the entire line of Microsoft Windows 2000 products, applications and services – will be held February 15-17 at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center. The Conference, which was selected as the official launch venue of Microsoft's Windows 2000, features 200 exhibitors, 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, educational tutorials, and visionary keynote

addresses from Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Michael Capellas. In an exclusive partnership, The Worldwide Association of NT User Groups (WANTUG), a non-profit support organization specializing in educational and technical solutions for Windows, will play a key role in the conference by involving more than 275 user groups representing virtually every country around the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.windows2000expo.com/.

IDG's research arm, International Data Corporation (IDC), has done extensive research on the impact of Windows 2000 and developed several major studies on adoption plans, vendor strategies, pricing analysis, and application support of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server. In 1999 alone, IDC conducted more than 300,000 user surveys to determine the rate at which companies plan to adopt the new operating environment, as well as some of their deployment strategies. For more information on IDC's Windows 2000 forecasts and analysis, visit http://www.idc.com.

Additionally, IDG recently launched its Windows 2000 Web channel at IDG.net, providing users with a direct path to Windows 2000-specific news, analysis and information from more than 250 IDG Web sites. More than 2,000 journalists reporting from every continent in the world contribute local editorial content to the Windows 2000 channel, which serves the specific needs of distinct target audiences. For more information, please visit: http://www.idg.net/win2k.

Premiering at the Windows 2000 Conference and Expo, eDirections is a special custom publication devoted exclusively to covering Windows 2000. The magazine, which features a broad array of in-depth coverage on topics relating to Windows 2000, will include case studies, deployment strategies, solutions directories, executive Q&A's, and how-to articles aimed at providing readers with insights and strategies on the adoption of Windows 2000. For more information please email catey_debalko@idg.com.

ExecuTrain, IDG's executive training arm, will be announcing availability of 21 new customized content training and needs analysis courses for IT professionals migrating to Windows 2000. These new courses, which map to Windows 2000 Microsoft curriculum, include "Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Migration Strategy"; "Designing a Secure Windows 2000 Network"; and "Supporting a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure," among others. In addition to technical training, ExecuTrain also announced business application training for end-users. For more information, please visit: http://www.exectrain.com.

About 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 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.