IDG’S PC World Announces 2000 World Class Award Winners

San Francisco, CA – June 6, 2000 – Today, PC World announced the winners of the 18th annual World Class Awards. The editors revealed their all-star picks for the "Best Products of 2000," in the July 2000 issue of PC World (online now at www.pcworld.com and on newsstands June 13). The awards, which will be presented at an invitation-only ceremony on June 28th during PC Expo, honor the year’s top hardware, software, networking, and Internet products-as well as the best Web sites, service and support.

 

While scouting for World Class winners, PC World editors evaluate hundreds of products on the following criteria: performance, value, consistency, and innovation. The "Product of the Year"-AMD’s Athlon processor-is a superstar in all four. The winners this year include rookies, such as Adobe’s InDesign, and veterans, including Dell’s Dimension PCs. New categories for designer PCs, gadgets, and MP3 players reflect the move toward stylish computing devices.

Broadband availability was hailed as the "Trend of the Year" and Y2K Doomsayers were dubbed "Losers of the Year." For its well-conceived package, Handspring Visor Deluxe won the "Most Promising Hardware Newcomer" award. Corel Linux OS earned the "Most Promising Software Newcomer" nod for its user-friendliness, fast and easy set up, intuitive KDE interface, and update tools. Privacy continues to be a primary concern of PC users, and "Most Promising Internet Newcomer" Zero-Knowledge Systems Freedom offers protection in the invasive world of the Web.

"From office essentials to wireless technology, from Web-based services to online stores, the World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the high-tech industry," said Kevin McKean, editorial director of PC World. "Throughout the year, the editors review hundreds of products and services-and these awards recognize and reward the finest players in each category."

Category Winner

· Product of the Year AMD Athlon

· Most Promising Hardware Newcomer Handspring Visor Deluxe

· Most Promising Internet Newcomer Zero-Knowledge Systems Freedom

· Most Promising Software Newcomer Corel Linux OS

· Losers of the Year Y2K Doomsayers

COMPUTERS

Category Winning Product

· Best Corporate PC HP Vectra Series

· Best Small-Business PC Dell Dimension XPS Series

· Best Home PC Gateway Astro

· Best Designer PC Sony VAIO Slimtop Series

· Best Notebook Gateway Solo 9300LS

· Best Subnotebook IBM ThinkPad 240

SYSTEM BASICS

Category Winning Product

· Best Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

· Best Application Suite Microsoft Office 2000 Professional

· Best Utility Ontrack SystemSuite 2000

· Best E-mail Software Qualcomm Eudora 4.3

· Best Web Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 5

· Best Antivirus Software Norton AntiVirus 2000

· Best Security Software Network Ice BlackICE Defender

· Best Input Device Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical

OFFICE ESSENTIALS

Category Winning Product

· Best Workgroup Monochrome Printer Xerox DocuPrint N2125

· Best Workgroup Color Printer Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2 DeskLaser

· Best Personal Information Manager Interact Commerce Corp. ACT! 2000

· Best Business Accounting Software Peachtree Complete Accounting 7

· Best Communications Software LapLink 2000

· Best Group Application HotOffice

COMPUTING AT HOME

Category Winning Product

· Best Personal Finance Software Intuit Quicken Deluxe 2000

· Best Tax Software H&R Block Financial’s Kiplinger TaxCut Deluxe

· Best Reference Software Microsoft Encarta 2000

· Best Game Electronic Arts’ The Sims

· Best Ink Jet Printer HP DeskJet 932C

· Best Personal Laser Printer Brother HL-1240