IDG’s InfoWorld Chronicles 20 Years of Computing and Forecasts Future Technology in a Special 20th Anniversary Double-Issue

SAN MATEO, Calif. (Oct. 26, 1998) — InfoWorld, the enterprise computing newsweekly, today released a special double-issue that chronicles the past 20 years of computing and looks ahead at future technology in celebration of the publication’s 20th anniversary.

The issue highlights the past 20 years of computing by profiling those technologies that had the greatest impact and those that fell short. Also profiled in the issue are key people and companies that changed the computing landscape. The issue also looks ahead at computing for the next twenty years and beyond. Across the bottom of each page in the issue runs a timeline highlighting key milestones of the past twenty years. Such milestones include: VisiCalc, the first

spreadsheet, demoing at the West Coast Computer Fair in 1979, the Microcomputer being named Time Magazine’s "Man of the Year" in 1983 and Microsoft going public in 1986.

"The past twenty years have marked incredible changes in the computing industry" said Sandy Reed, editor-in-chief of InfoWorld. "InfoWorld has not only kept pace with the industry but has set standards for technology journalism. This issue highlights the 20 years of InfoWorld and some tough editorial decisions we had to make along the way. It’s this kind of editorial integrity that has kept our readers so loyal and made us the leading IT newsweekly."

The future section of the issue features reports about computing and education, medicine and home technology. The future shows more of a convergence between computing and everyday life. The issue predicts that speech technology, atom-sized computers, integrated home networks and even vacuum cleaners running Java are still to come.

"This issue is not only a celebration of InfoWorld but it also pays tribute to those who have influenced and advanced technology over the past 20 years — our readers, the inventors, developers and users of technology," said Stephen Moylan president and CEO of InfoWorld. "As the largest-ever produced issue of InfoWorld, this technology resource is sure to become a collector’s item within the industry."

Some issue highlights include:

· Evolution of good technologies and the fall of the bad

· Historic litigation such as IBM’s 13 year battle with the courts and now Microsoft’s

· Reader perspectives

· Designs of what technology will look like in the years to come

· Computing Industry’s top people

· Milestone Timeline

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld Electric (www.infoworld.com). InfoWorld, "The Voice of Enterprise Computing," is a newsweekly that focuses on editorial coverage of client/server products and solutions used in corporate enterprises, and has earned a reputation for the timeliness and accuracy of its coverage of the people, technologies, products and companies that make a difference in the IT industry. InfoWorld’s $21 million dollar cross-platform, networked test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of enterprise products.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes InfoWorld Electric, the leading enterprise computing authority on the Web, which features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, and 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 wholly-owned independent business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 285 computer magazines and newspapers and 500 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 200 targeted Web sites in 52 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 110 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.