Europe-based Apple fans are gearing-up for two key events – the Apple-sanctioned Apple Expo in Paris, and the homegrown MacExpo in London.

Though shrouded in secrecy, details are emerging regarding Apple Expo 2001. This will take place between September 26-30 at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. It's Apple's only official event in Europe and promises a gathering of 250 manufacturers and product-development firms.

Apple's booth will occupy nearly one-ninth of the 18,000 square-metre show. The event will be divided into zones for consumers, creative professionals, education, healthcare, and small and medium-sized businesses. Industry insiders predict that, with Apple's focus on the digital hub, the event will focus on Mac-friendly digital devices. A conference programme is also widely expected.

The organisers have revealed that this year's event will be more multi-lingual, in response to critics who said the show relied too heavily on the French language. The full programme of events will be issued in July, but you can pre-register now at the official Expo site.

UK Macintosh users, await MacExpo 2001. The organisers have extended the event, which this year runs for an extra day, and will be held at the Business Design Centre in London, from November 22-24.

Reports hint that the event will attract more support from Apple than last year, when the company did not want to divert attention away from its own Expo in Paris.

A number of firms have already booked space at the Expo. These include Macworld, AM Micro, Extensis, Hermstedt, Hewlett-Packard, Iomega, LaCie, Macromedia, Microsoft, Proxim, Quark and Wacom. The show attracted 10,452 visitors last year.

Also, Macworld Conference and Expo, New York, opens for business on July 17. That event is now open for pre-registration.