NEW YORK, NY (January 8, 2008) - Penton Media, Inc. today announced the acquisition of asp.netPRO magazine and the brand’s related media products including its www.aspnetpro.com website and its electronic newsletter, asp.netNOW. Formerly part of Informant Communications Group, Inc., asp.netPRO is a leading information resource for professional software developers who use Microsoft’s ASP.NET (Active Server Pages.NET) technology to build, deploy, and manage web-enabled applications and business solutions.

asp.netPRO will further strengthen Penton’s portfolio of products serving the developer Information Technology community including Windows IT Pro Magazine, SQL Server Magazine, System iNetwork, and associated websites. This acquisition builds a more robust offering from Penton in the Microsoft development space by tightly aligning with Penton’s www.WinDevPro.com website and current, twice monthly e-newsletter, WinDevPro UPDATE. These properties are dedicated to “bridging the IT gap between developers and system administrators.”

Kim Hansen, publisher of Penton’s IT Developer group, comments on the benefits resulting from this acquisition, “The asp.netPro products nicely complement our online, in person, and print media offering serving the software development professional. Developer readers and vendors will continue to enjoy the high-quality content asp.netPRO products produced by its staff and contributors; plus they will now have access to the WinDevPro UPDATE newsletter with its 88,000 subscribers. Expect to see great synergy between the asp.netPRO and WinDevPro content offerings and Penton’s DevConnections conferences in Orlando (March 22-25, 2009) and in Las Vegas (November 9-12). The asp.netPRO audience can look forward to expanded offerings, such as webcasts and podcasts, and we invite them to become active participants in building an online developer community through forums, blogs, online training, and virtual events.”

Penton Media, Inc. the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.