Macworld Conference And Expo/New York 2000 On Record-Setting Pace For New Products, Seminars And Special Features

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 18, 2000 – A record number of new products for the Macintosh platform are expected to be showcased by more than 400 leading Mac developers and suppliers at MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York, July 18-21, 2000 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Encompassing more than 277,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, hundreds of new software, hardware and peripherals and services for “all things Macintosh” will be on display for the first time to tens-of-thousands of Mac enthusiasts.

“We are expecting a record number of exhibitors, attendees, and new product offerings for the East Coast MACWORLD Conference and Expo,” predicted Rob Scheschareg, Vice President, Events for IDG World Expo, the MACWORLD Conference and Expo show producers. “The tremendous popularity of Apple products and the continued growth in the number of Mac products and software developers is generating phenomenal interest among Mac users and first time computer owners.”

A wide variety of new products, ranging from digital video and movie-making equipment and software to the latest peripherals for the top selling iMac and iBook, will be unveiled for the first time at MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York. New Internet-enabled applications and services, monitors and displays, projectors, digital cameras, storage devices and hard drives will be available throughout the exhibit floor, as well as SCSI to USB converters and many FireWireTM and USB products. There is also great anticipation for the new MAC OS X and a number of supporting applications and products that will be on display for the first time.

As the world’s most comprehensive Macintosh OS event, MACWORLD Conference and Expo brings together both professional and home Mac users. Last year’s MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York attracted 45,000 attendees and over 375 exhibitors to the Javits Center. This year’s event will mark the 3rd time MACWORLD Conference and Expo has been held in New York and the 16th time it has been held on the East Coast, including 13 years in Boston.

Comprehensive Conference Program

In addition to the hundreds of new products on display, this year’s MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York conference program will feature dozens of hot new courses as well as updated presentations of the most popular programs from past shows. The week begins with 17 full-day, Pre-Conference Workshops that provide in-depth training on key products and technologies.

These insightful sessions are followed by a series of valuable seminars geared to both the professional and home user. The MACWORLD/Pro Conference, for professional users, will offer more than 40 technically advanced sessions in 5 tracks including:

1.) Macintosh Networking and Communications

2.) Digital Video and Streaming Media

3.) Advanced Tools for Mac professionals

4.) Special Art Directors Day

5.) The Mac Manager

Meanwhile, the MACWORLD Users Conference will feature sessions for Mac users who want to master the top Mac tools and get answers to problems common to non-technical users.

MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York 2000 will also feature the launch of MacBeginnings—introductory sessions open to all attendees. These high-energy informative sessions will provide first-time attendees and new Mac users a starting point to enter the Mac community.

Also returning this year will be the always popular MACWORLD Conference and Expo Warm-Up Rally to provide attendees with a preview of the “hot” items they will see at the show, and the MACWORLD Conference and Expo Town Meeting where industry analysts and insiders will discuss the state of the Mac industry as well as major announcements from the exhibit floor.

Expanded Special Interest Areas

In keeping with the record-setting theme of this year’s MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York, ten special interest areas focusing on specific Mac applications and disciplines will be offered. Ranging from the popular Consumer Showcase and Education Areas to the brand new Assistive Technology Area, these pavilions will provide industry-specific solutions to attendees’ broad range of unique needs.

“MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York promises to be the biggest and best East Coast event ever produced,” Scheschareg opined. “There will be something here for every level of Mac user,” he emphasized.

For a complete description of MACWORLD Conference and Expo/New York 2000 along with show highlights, updates and continuous announcements and an exhibitor list, go to www.macworldexpo.com.

About MACWORLD Conference and Expo

MACWORLD Conference and Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. MACWORLD Conference and Expo is the showcase for products and services geared to professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, and consumers using the Mac at home. MACWORLD Conference and Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. MACWORLD Conference and Expo offers professionals and consumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. Multiple conference programs cover beginning and advanced uses of the Mac. Macworld/Pro Conference sessions offer a technology-intensive professional development series for Macintosh design, management and networking professionals. The Users Conference program covers beginning and advanced uses and techniques in areas such as Internet, design, integration with NT systems, education, content asset management, entertainment, and more. MACWORLD Conference & Expo is sponsored by Mac Publishing, LLC, a joint venture between International Data Group and Ziff Davis, and publishers of Macworld Magazine, MacWorld.com, MacBuy.com, iMacworld.com, MacCentral, MacWEEK.com, and MacGaming.com. For more information on MACWORLD Conference and Expo visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows,

conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, ComNet, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, MACWORLD Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

About International Data Group (IDG)

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.

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