Windows 2000 Conference & Expo Attracts Nearly 20,000 Attendees Across Three-Day Event

FRAMINGHAM, MASS., — FEBRUARY 22, 2000 — IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com), the world’s leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced the results from the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo, the world’s first-and-only event solely dedicated to the full line of Windows 2000 products and services. Nearly 20,000 people attended the inaugural event, which was held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from February 15th- February 17th.

The event featured keynote presentations by three of the most influential technology visionaries of this era. Microsoft’s Bill Gates officially launched Windows 2000 at the event on Thursday with a star-studded production that included Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart, John O’Hurley of Seinfeld fame, and rock-legend Carlos Santana. Dell Chairman Michael Dell officially kicked off the event Tuesday morning and the first major outing for new Compaq CEO Michael Capellas was on Tuesday evening.

"The Windows 2000 Conference & Expo was a tremendous success from all perspectives," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "With the most compelling combination of IT industry speakers ever assembled, the launch of the most anticipated product in years, 19,184 attendees across three days, more than 700 registered members of the media representing local, national and international outlets, and more than 200 exhibitors — this show clearly is the pinnacle of the technology tradeshow season. We look forward to bringing the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo East this September to the Javits Center in New York City."

About Windows 2000 Conference & Expo

The Windows 2000 Conference & Expo is the world’s first and only event to address the entire line of Microsoft Windows-based enterprise products and applications. The Windows 2000 Conference & Expo is the only show with in-depth coverage of the latest technical and educational topics, a partnership with The Worldwide Association of NT User Groups (WANTUG), the largest and most influential Windows-based user groups in the world, and a focus on real, practical solutions for vertical markets. The next Windows 2000 Conference & Expo will be held September 6th-8th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, N.Y. More information on the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo can be found at www.windows2000expo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo, an entrepreneurial business unit of IDG, is focused on launching and managing trade events for cutting-edge and emerging IT markets worldwide. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of next-generation IT events and conferences to enable technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. Events owned and managed by IDG World Expo include Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo owns Macworld Expo and ComNet. IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions, and has annual revenues of $2.56 billion. More information is available at www.idgworldexpo.com

IDG World Expo is a business unit of 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 (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Websites 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 www.idg.com.

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