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IDG's PC World Unveils Winners of the 2005 World Class Awards

Editors select standouts in hardware, software, Web sites, and services.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- PC World, the most widely-read computer or business magazine, today announced the winners of its annual World Class Awards. The "100 Best Products of 2005" in the July issue features the finest products and services of the last year, from advanced digital cameras to workgroup printers, from ACDSee 7 to ZoneAlarm Antivirus. The issue will be on newsstands June 14, and the article is now available at http://find.pcworld.com/48080.

This year's list of World Class winners is unique in that it contains a wider range of products for work, home, and everywhere in between. The editors' picks reflect the changing world of technology, with revolutionary products in various categories, such as ultraportable notebooks, handheld gaming devices, HDTV, and satellite radio. The 2005 Product of the Year is Mozilla Firefox, in the Web browser category. Editors noted, "This open- source program is streamlined, customizable, and just plain better [than the competition]. No wonder it has attracted millions of users in just a few months."

The complete list of ranked winners follows; editors made their selections based on exemplary design, features, performance, innovation, and price. The honorees were selected after editors reviewed hundreds of products, including those that have appeared in the magazine over the last 12 months.

2005 WORLD CLASS AWARD WINNERS COMPANY CATEGORY/PRODUCT Mozilla WEB BROWSER: Mozilla Firefox Google WEB MAIL: Google Gmail Apple OPERATING SYSTEM: Apple Mac OS X Version 10.4 (Tiger) Belkin WIRELESS NETWORKING: Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router and Notebook Network Card Dell 24-INCH WIDE-SCREEN LCD: Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW Alienware PERFORMANCE PC: Alienware Aurora 5500 Seagate PORTABLE HARD DRIVE: Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Drive Skype VOIP SERVICE: Skype Canon DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT palmOne PDA PHONE: palmOne Treo 650 Zone Labs ANTIVIRUS AND FIREWALL SOFTWARE: Zone Labs ZoneAlarm Antivirus Mysoft Technology BROWSER PLUG-IN: Mysoft Technology Maxthon Rio MIDCAPACITY MP3 PLAYER: Rio Carbon Webroot UTILITY: Webroot Window Washer 5.5 Maxtor NETWORK HARD DRIVE: Maxtor H01R300 Shared Storage Drive Google SEARCH ENGINE: Google Netgear TRAVEL ROUTER: Netgear 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router Model WGR101 OnlyMyEmail SPAM FILTER: OnlyMyEmail Pro Sony HANDHELD GAMING DEVICE: Sony PlayStation Portable NVIDIA GRAPHICS BOARD: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT APC UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY: APC Back-UPS RS 800VA 120V 2BrightSparks UTILITY: 2BrightSparks SyncBackSE Moon Software PASSWORD MANAGER: Moon Software Password Agent Hewlett Packard MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER: HP OfficeJet 7210 All- in-One Winternals Software DATA RECOVERY SOFTWARE: Winternals Software ERD Commander 2005 Ubuntu LINUX DISTRIBUTION: Ubuntu Linux 5.04 Epson PHOTO PRINTER: Epson PictureMate Mozilla E-MAIL PROGRAM: Mozilla Thunderbird Cloudmark BROWSER SECURITY PLUG-IN: Cloudmark Anti- Fraud Toolbar Vonage VOIP SERVICE: Vonage Cloudmark SPAM FILTER: Cloudmark SafetyBar Adobe IMAGE EDITOR: Adobe Photoshop CS2 The NY Times on the Web WEB SITE: nytimes.com Apple MEDIA PLAYER: Apple iTunes Seagate EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE: Seagate USB/FireWire Hard Drive Canon SCANNER: Canon CanoScan 9950F iRiver FLASH-BASED MP3 PLAYER: iRiver iFP-895 Valve PC GAME: Half-Life 2 Samsung REAR-PROJECTION TV: Samsung HL-P5063W Tor PRIVACY SOFTWARE: Tor LG Electronics 19-INCH LCD: LG Flatron L1981Q Dell COLOR LASER PRINTER: Dell 3000cn Research In Motion PDA PHONE: BlackBerry 7100t Verbatim USB MEMORY KEY: Verbatim Store 'n' Go Pro Seagate INTERNAL HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 SATA NCQ Compaq ALL-PURPOSE NOTEBOOK: Compaq Presario V2000 Microsoft MEDIA PLAYER: Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 Canon INKJET/PHOTO PRINTER: Canon Pixma iP4000R Best Software ACCOUNTING AND PERSONAL FINANCE: Best Software Simply Accounting Orb Networks MEDIA STREAMING SERVICE: Orb Flickr.com PHOTOGRAPHY SITE: Flickr.com Dell DESKTOP REPLACEMENT NOTEBOOK: Dell Inspiron 6000 DirecTV HD RECEIVER AND DVR: DirecTV HD DVR HR10-250 ACD Systems PHOTO ORGANIZER: ACDSee 7 Dell 17-INCH LCD: Dell UltraSharp 1704FPV Olympus DIGITAL CAMERA: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom QNext INSTANT MESSENGER: QNext IBM ALL-PURPOSE PC: IBM ThinkCentre A51p SightSpeed VIDEO INSTANT MESSENGER: SightSpeed Wikipedia ONLINE RESOURCE: Wikipedia Cerulean Studios INSTANT MESSENGER: Trillian 3.1 CMS PORTABLE HARD DRIVE: CMS 80GB USB 2.0 ABSplus Notebook Backup System Nikon DIGITAL CAMERA: Nikon Coolpix 7900 Contour Design MOUSE: Contour Design RollerMouse Pro Adobe DESKTOP PUBLISHER: Adobe InDesign CS2 Shuttle Computer SMALL PC: Shuttle Computer XPC i8600b IBM ULTRAPORTABLE NOTEBOOK: IBM ThinkPad X41 Adobe VIDEO EDITOR: Adobe Premiere Elements Dell PDA: Dell Axim X30 A9.com SEARCH ENGINE: A9.com Toshiba DVD RECORDER: Toshiba RS-TX20 Digital Media Server Sonic Solutions BURNING SOFTWARE: Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5 Plextor REWRITABLE DVD DRIVE: Plextor PX-716UF Casio DIGITAL CAMERA: Casio Exilim EX-Z750 Apple SMALL PC: Apple Mac Mini Google DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL: Google Desktop Search Mitsubishi 30-INCH LCD TV: Mitsubishi LT-3050 Apple LARGE-CAPACITY MP3 PLAYER: Apple iPod Photo Dell PROJECTOR: Dell 3300MP FileMaker DATABASE: FileMaker Pro 7 Sunbelt Software ANTI-SPYWARE SOFTWARE: Sunbelt Software CounterSpy Six Apart BLOGGING TOOL: TypePad Acronis BACKUP SOFTWARE: Acronis True Image 8 ASUS MOTHERBOARD: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Brother MONOCHROME LASER PRINTER: Brother HL-5140 Apple MUSIC DOWNLOADS: Apple iTunes Music Store Internet Archive WEB SITE: archive.org Opera Software WEB BROWSER: Opera 8 Copernic DESKTOP SEARCH SOFTWARE: Copernic Desktop Search Motorola CELL PHONE: Motorola Razr V3 Delphi SATELLITE RADIO: Delphi MyFi PDAapps MOBILE INSTANT MESSAGING: PDAapps VeriChat Standard Edition Sonos Inc. STREAMING MEDIA DEVICE: Sonos Digital Music System EMC Dantz BACKUP SOFTWARE: EMC Dantz Retrospect Professional 7 Garmin GPS NAVIGATION DEVICE: Garmin StreetPilot c330 Klipsch PORTABLE SPEAKERS: Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 Logitech PC SPEAKER SYSTEM: Logitech Z-5500 Digital Antec DESKTOP CASE: Antec P160 Corel PAINT PROGRAM: Corel Painter IX Citrix Systems REMOTE ACCESS: Citrix Online GoToMyPC Personal About PC World:

PC World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG, is the publisher of PC World, PCWorld.com (http://www.pcworld.com/), and home of the PC World Test Center. The winner of the 2004 Eddie Award for Editorial Excellence, PC World is the most widely-read computer or business magazine with a readership of over 5.5 million (MRI Spring 2005). With an average of 5 million unique visitors per month (HitBox, February - April 2005), PCWorld.com, winner of the 2005 Neal Award for Best Web Site, is a leading online resource for technology product buyers and users.

About IDG:

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides

global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/.

Contact: Heidi Tanaka, 415/978-3168 heidi_tanaka@pcworld.com

All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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CONTACT: Heidi Tanaka of PC World, +1-415-978-3168 or
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