Macworld Conference & Expo Celebrates 24th Successful Year

IDG World Expo announced the successful completion of the 24th Macworld Conference & Expo, which drew 10 percent more attendees than the 2007 event, featured hundreds of new product announcements, and hosted 475 technology companies that filled the Moscone Center. Next year's Macworld Conference & Expo is scheduled to take place January 5-9, 2009 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. "This year's event included great enhancements with more exhibits and conference programming, and attendees responded very enthusiastically, " said Paul Kent, vice president, IDG World Expo. "Macworld has truly become a central place where attendees can learn, network and do business every year. Our goal is to make each show better than the last, and we're thrilled that we achieved that goal with this year's event."

The editors of Macworld magazine sought out the most innovative products at this year's Macworld Conference & Expo and selected eleven products that highlighted the commitment Macintosh developers have for the platform. Winners of the Best of Show Awards included: Photoshop Elements Adobe; MacBook Air Apple; Guitar Hero III Aspyr; BusySync BusySync; Eye-Fi card Eye-Fi; Flow GridIron Software; Dictate MacSpeech; NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi NEC; OmniFocus Omni Group; Parallels Server SWSoft; and VectorDesigner TweakerSoft.

"Every year Macworld Conference and Expo is a showcase for the most innovative new technologies on the planet, and this year was no exception, " said Chris Breen, Senior Editor, Macworld Magazine. "We saw numerous mind-blowing new products from companies large and small. It goes to show you just how creative and innovative the entire market surrounding Apple really is."

The conference program featured more than 200 Mac industry luminaries who addressed some of the most popular Mac topics in standing-room-only sessions. Highlights of the conference program included: new two-day training classes on Final Cut Studio, Aperture, Adobe Creative Suite and Filemaker; a session exploring Apple's new Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard operating system; new MacIT sessions specifically for IT professionals deploying Apple technology; the exciting debut of "A Day At The Office: Microsoft Office 2008"; and the enhanced Macworld Educator Academy. This year's Macworld also featured significant new show features, including a live Podcast Studio, an enhanced Digital Photography Experience and a state-of-the-art music studio.

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