Microsoft Signs on as Largest Exhibitor and Sponsor of ASPWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 3, 2000 – IDG World Expo announced today that the Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) has signed on to be the cornerstone sponsor of ASPWorld Conference & Expo. The cornerstone sponsorship is the highest level of sponsorship available. ASPWorld Conference & Expo is the largest show in the application service provider (ASP) market, quickly selling more than 50,000 square feet of exhibitor space. It has rapidly become the most influential show as well, attracting top industry leaders as both attendees and speakers. ASPWorld Conference & Expo will run Oct. 3 – 6 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Jim Ewel, vice president of Windows.NET server marketing will present a keynote address on Thursday, October 5 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. titled "ASP Technology Trends and Their Effect on the Corporate User." Ewel has been with Microsoft since 1989 and is responsible for product management of Windows

2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Systems Management Server and Windows Terminal Services. He also manages Microsoft's initiatives in the hosting area, both with ISPs and ASPs.

"We are very excited to have Microsoft on board for our first show," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of events for IDG World Expo. "It seems fitting that the most influential software developer in the country is the largest sponsor of the most influential ASP-related show."

ASPWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event designed to help corporate end-users make informed decisions about ASP services and products. ASPWorld Conference & Expo will showcase the entire range of outsourcing options, from pure-play ASPs to ISVs, ISPs to telcos and OEMs to systems integrators. The show promises to be a one-stop shop and an educational opportunity for those interested in exploring outsourcing options.

"We chose ASPWorld Conference & Expo because we are impressed with their dedication to the end-user," said Mark Harper, manager of events marketing for Microsoft. "We are pleased with their commitment to educating consumers as to the choices available to them."

ASPWorld Conference & Expo is backed by the leading IT media organizations, trade groups and market leaders in the ASP industry. The flagship sponsor is Network World Magazine. Sponsors include Microsoft, IDC, The Information Technology Association of America, The ASP Industry Consortium, AristaSoft, Seven Mountains Software, JDEdwards, Compaq, Ensim, PSINet Consulting Solutions, Surebridge, NetASPx, ManagedOps, Digitial Ingenuity,, Xuma, Sprint, Agilera, eOnline, PaperFly, Copernus, iORMYX, Atesto, Xcert, Infinium, NaviSite, Alumbre, Trend Micro, InfoWorld, Communications News, CIO Magazine,, ASP Industry News, Inc. Magazine and

To register for an Expo Pass, which allows access to the exhibits, keynotes, feature presentations, special introductory conference sessions and educational materials, go to All registered attendees will also receive IDC's "ASP Market Taxonomy" and "Vendor Evaluation Checklist," Telechoice's "ASP Decision Support Guide," and Tolly Research's "ASP Action Plan." Conference session registrants will receive those materials plus a "Service Level Agreement (SLA) Checklist" provided by the ASP Industry Consortium.

About ASPWorld Conference & Expo

ASPWorld Conference & Expo ( is the premier application service provider (ASP) event for IT decision-makers from small companies to global enterprises. As the leader in ASP conferences and expositions, ASPWorld Conference & Expo is solely focused on providing the information and resources business decision-makers need to explore and implement ASP outsourcing for their organizations. ASPWorld Conference & Expo is part of the IDG World Expo family.

About IDG World Expo and IDG

IDG World Expo ( 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, and Macworld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

IDG is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at