Windows 2000 Conference & Expo Hits New Heights Selling More Than 100,000 Square Feet Of Exhibit Space For Nearly 200 Exhibitors

Framingham, Mass. — January 27, 2000 — IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com), the world’s leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo has nearly 200 exhibitors with more than 100,000 square feet sold. Windows 2000 Conference & Expo (www.windows2000expo.com), to be held this February 15-17 at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, is the world’s first and only tradeshow to focus exclusively on the entire line of Microsoft Windows 2000 based enterprise products and applications. Bill Gates officially will launch Windows 2000 on Thursday, February 17, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m at his keynote presentation — the same day Microsoft plans to provide general retail, channel and OEM availability of the product. Michael Dell will kick off the event at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15 with his keynote address, "Building Competitive Advantage in the Internet Economy" and Michael Capellas will deliver his address at 6:30 p.m. that same day.

To accommodate the large audience expected to attend these speeches, all three keynotes will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Shuttle buses will be provided to and from the Moscone Center. Attendance of these keynote presentations is on a first-come, first served basis.

"We have continued to exceed expectations surrounding the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo," says Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "With three of the most notable technology visionaries in the world speaking at the event, the launch of the most anticipated product in years, and 200 leading-edge companies exhibiting, the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo is clearly the leading tradeshow for Windows technology."

IDG World Expo also announced today that nearly 60 industry leaders are event sponsors. Microsoft Windows 2000 Global Launch sponsors include: Adobe, Cisco Systems, Commerce One, Compaq, Dell, EMC2, Hewlett Packard, I2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, SAP, Toshiba, and Unisys. For a complete list of sponsors and a current list of exhibiting companies, please visit: http://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, ASP World Conference & Expo, Windows 2000 Conference & Expo, MACWORLD Expo and ComNet. IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions, and has annual revenues of $2.35 billion. Company 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 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 www.idg.com.

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For attendee registration and information on Windows 2000 Conference & Expo, please visit www.windows2000expo.com or call (800) 560-7612.