Microsoft, IDG Books Worldwide, Barnes & Noble Team Up For Nationwide Windows Developer Mania

Microsoft, IDG Books Worldwide, Barnes & Noble Team Up For Nationwide Windows Developer Mania

REDMOND, Wash., May 18, 1998 — Microsoft Corp., IDG Books Worldwide Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. last week kicked off Windows® Developer Mania, a monthlong promotion taking place across North America through June 15. Developer Mania will showcase the latest technologies and tools in the Microsoft® Windows operating system through special events, prizes, discounts and a monthlong sweepstakes at more than 400 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. As part of this promotion, participants can receive special offers from IDG Books Worldwide, attend one of 20 special Microsoft presentations, be eligible to win a variety of prizes in the Developer Mania Sweepstakes, and also receive CD-ROMs filled with information and tools necessary to create Windows-based applications quickly and easily.

“This is a great opportunity for developers to see the latest tools, technologies and support from Microsoft; get special deals on Windows development content; and have a chance to win some great prizes,”
said Tod Nielsen, general manager of the developer relations group at Microsoft.
“We’re pleased to be working with IDG Books Worldwide and Barnes & Noble to increase the information and resources available to developers.”

“IDG Books is delighted to be the official publisher of Developer Mania,”
said Brenda McLaughlin, senior vice president and group publisher at IDG Book Worldwide.
“Through this collaboration with Microsoft and Barnes & Noble, we are able to provide developers with the best computer books on the market at the best prices. We are also excited to offer our readers the free Developer Mania CD-ROM, which gives them a chance to test-drive development tools for Windows 98 and other cool software.”

Key elements of the promotion include the following:

  • The Windows Developer Mania Sweepstakes , in which holders of select Windows Developer Mania CD-ROMs can win one of a variety of prizes, including Everex Palm Size PCs, Hewlett-Packard Handheld PCs featuring the Windows CE operating system and yearlong subscriptions to the Microsoft Developer Network CD

  • The Windows Developer Mania CD-ROM free with any purchase of an IDG Books Worldwide title. This CD-ROM is packed with software from Microsoft and a variety of third parties, sample code and demos, games, and sample chapters from select IDG books.

  • A Windows Developer Mania event on May 27 and 28 at select Barnes & Noble Superstores. The Developer Mania promotion culminates with special presentations in 20 Barnes & Noble Superstores coast to coast, at which Microsoft personnel will demonstrate the much-talked-about Windows CE operating system, as well as provide more opportunities to win prizes. All who attend the Barnes & Noble Microsoft Developer Mania presentations may be eligible for chances to win an Everex Palm-size PC, Microsoft software, books and T-shirts (while supplies last). In addition, during this one-day event, attendees will receive 20 percent off the price of select development titles by IDG Books Worldwide, including
    “Windows CE 2 Programming for Dummies,” “Windows 95 Registry,” “Windows NT® 4.0 MCSE Study Guide,” “MCSE Career Microsoft,” “Visual Basic® 5 Secrets,” “DCOM: Microsoft Distributed Component Object Model,”
    “Visual C++® 5 Bible.”

The following cities will host this exclusive event May 27:

Additionally, these cities will host this event May 28:

Alpharetta, Ga.

Austin, Texas

Midlothian, Va.

Sacramento, Calif.

For more information on the Windows Developer Mania promotion, including locations and registration information for the May 27 and 28 events, visit or call your local Barnes & Noble bookstore.

About IDG Books Worldwide

IDG Books Worldwide Inc. is headquartered in Foster City, Calif., and publishes several series, including the best selling …For Dummies and …Secrets series and the award winning …For Kids & Parents series. IDG Books Worldwide has more than 500 titles in print and translations in 38 languages around the world. More information about IDG Books Worldwide can be found at its World Wide Web site, ( . …For Dummies information can be found at ( .

IDG Books Worldwide is a business unit of International Data Group Inc. (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and research company. IDG publishes more than 285 computer newspapers and magazines, produces 90 media expositions, and provides IT market analysis through 49 research centers worldwide. Company information and access to any of IDG’s more than 170 World Wide Web sites is available at ( .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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