Sweden´s Biggest IT-Web Site Launches Global Recruitment, Online Investing, E-Commerce and Community Services

BOSTON, MA, – MARCH 21, 2000 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading provider of IT media and information services, expands the scope of its online offerings for the Swedish IT community with the launch of four new Web sites. These announcements cap off a year of tremendous growth for IDG Sweden, and further strengthen a market-leading family of print, online and conference offerings in Sweden, referred to by many as ‘the European capital of the Internet.’

IDG Sweden launches four new Web titles — including JobUniverse.se, Itaktier.idg.se, booksonline.idg.se, and Plus.idg.se — bringing the total number of IDG Web sites in Sweden to 28. www.idg.se — IDG Sweden’s gateway to a broad spectrum of news, insightful commentary, and product reviews written specifically for Swedish IT professionals — has close to 2,800,000 visits each month and 400,000 unique visitors.

"The new Web sites concentrate on four key areas in the Swedish technology market: global recruitment, online investing and stock trading, e-commerce and a community for our most frequent Internet users," says Bengt Marnfeldt, Managing Director of IDG Sweden. "As the largest IT publisher with over 20 publications, 28 Web sites, DM solutions and events, IDG Sweden continues to develop new services and products, addressing an increased demand for information focused on the accelerating e-economy in Sweden."

IDG Sweden’s new online ventures include:

JobUniverse.se, the Swedish affiliate of IDG’s global Job Universe network — the industry’s most comprehensive online recruitment site for IT professionals. Offering unparalleled job resources for Swedish IT professionals, JobUniverse.se features job postings, customized e-mail job alerts, an archive of career resources, an easy-to-use resume handling service, the opportunity for client companies to publish their own micro sites within JobUniverse.se, and a news feed of relevant stories from IDG magazines.

booksonline.idg.se, IDG Sweden’s first foray into the e-commerce arena, allows visitors to shop online for IT titles and make electronic payments, sign up to receive newsletters and selected special offers, and collect bonus points for future discounts.

Plus.idg.se, community-oriented collection of services including free Internet access, Web-based e-mail, chats, a discussion forum, a collection of shareware, and a host of other local services.

Itaktier.idg.se, an online trading and investment Web site, with a stock portfolio service, in-depth company information, a NASDAQ 100 list featuring the ‘100 most interesting IT stocks in the U.S.’, as well as other services.

In addition, IDG made significant enhancements to idg.se, the primary Web destination for Swedish IT professionals with the addition of testcenter.idg.se, a new micronetwork for more technical IT professionals. tescenter.idg.se features reviews, tests and recommendations from IDG Sweden’s leading publications including MikroDatorn, MaxiData, MacWorld, Natverk and Kommunikation and PC for Alla. idg.se now offers users the ability to register their own domain names via domain.idg.se, and the new service getupdated.com, allows the user to be alerted to changes and updates via email.

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, Channel World and For Dummies 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.

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