InfoWorld

Last updated

InfoWorld
InfoWorld Logo with Maroon Background.svg
InfoWorld cover.png
PublisherPopular Computing, Inc. (CW Communications, Inc.)
InfoWorld Publishing, Inc. (IDG Communications, Inc.)
First issue11 December 1978;42 years ago (1978-12-11)
Final issue2 April 2007 (2007-04-02) [1] (Now published online)
Country United States
Based in San Francisco
LanguageEnglish
Website www.infoworld.com
ISSN 0199-6649

InfoWorld (abbreviated IW) is an information technology media business. Founded in 1978, it began as a monthly magazine. In 2007, it transitioned to a web-only publication. Its parent company today is International Data Group, [2] and its sister publications include Macworld and PC World . InfoWorld is based in San Francisco, with contributors and supporting staff based across the United States. [3]

Contents

Since its founding, InfoWorld's readership has largely consisted of IT and business professionals. InfoWorld focuses on how-to, analysis, and editorial content from a mixture of experienced technology journalists and working technology practitioners. The site averages 4.6 million monthly page views and 1.1 million monthly unique visitors. [4]

History

The magazine was founded by Jim Warren in 1978 as The Intelligent Machines Journal (IMJ). [5] It sold to IDG in late 1979. On 18 February 1980, the name was changed to InfoWorld. [1] In 1986, the Robert X. Cringely column began; for many, that pseudonymous column was the face of InfoWorld and its close ties to Silicon Valley in particular. [1] [6] [7]

Up to including the 15 June 1987 issue 24, volume 9, InfoWorld was published by Popular Computing, Inc., a subsidiary of CW Communications, Inc. Since then it was published by InfoWorld Publishing, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG Communications, Inc.

Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe was CEO and publisher from 1991 to 1996, and contributed a weekly column until 2000. [8] [9] As the magazine transitioned to be exclusively Web-based, a final print edition was dated 2 April 2007 (Volume 29, Issue 14, Number 1384). [1]

In its web incarnation, InfoWorld has transitioned away from widely available news stories to a focus on how-to, expert testing, and thought leadership. [10]

Related Research Articles

3Com Manufacturer of computer network products

3Com Corporation was a digital electronics manufacturer best known for its computer network products. The company was co-founded in 1979 by Robert Metcalfe, Howard Charney and others. Metcalfe explained the name 3Com was a contraction of "Computer Communication Compatibility", with its focus on Ethernet technology that he had co-invented, which enabled the networking of computers.

Microsoft Bob

Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product intended to provide a more user-friendly interface for the Windows 3.1x, Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems, supplanting the Windows Program Manager. The program was released on March 11, 1995 and discontinued in early 1996. Microsoft Bob presented screens showing a "house", with "rooms" that the user could go to containing familiar objects corresponding to computer applications—for instance, a desk with pen and paper, a checkbook, and other items. In this case, clicking on the pen and paper would open the word processor.

Hercules Graphics Card

The Hercules Graphics Card (HGC) is a computer graphics controller made by Hercules Computer Technology, Inc. that combines IBM's text-only MDA display standard with a bitmapped graphics mode. This allows the HGC to offer both high-quality text and graphics from a single card.

<i>Macworld</i> Web site and monthly computer magazine dedicated to products and software from Apple

Macworld is a web site dedicated to products and software of Apple Inc., published by Mac Publishing, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California. It started life as a print magazine in 1984 and had the largest audited circulation of Macintosh-focused magazines in North America, more than double its nearest competitor, MacLife. Macworld was founded by David Bunnell (publisher) and Andrew Fluegelman (editor). It was the oldest Macintosh magazine still in publication, until September 10, 2014, when IDG, its parent company, announced it was discontinuing the print edition and laid off most of the staff, while continuing an online version.

John C. Dvorak American journalist and radio broadcaster

John Charles Dvorak is an American columnist and broadcaster in the areas of technology and computing. His writing extends back to the 1980s, when he was a regular columnist in a variety of magazines. Dvorak was vice president of Mevio, and has been a host on TechTV and TWiT.tv. He is currently a co-host of the No Agenda podcast.

Robert Metcalfe American electrical engineer

Robert Melancton Metcalfe is an engineer and entrepreneur from the United States who helped pioneer the Internet starting in 1970. He co-invented Ethernet, co-founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's law, which describes the effect of a telecommunications network. Since January 2011, he has been Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise.

Connectix

Connectix Corporation was a software and hardware company, noted for having released innovative products that were either made obsolete as Apple Computer incorporated the ideas into system software, or were sold to other companies once they became popular. It was formed in October 1988 by Jon Garber; dominant board members and co-founders were Garber, Bonnie Fought, and close friend Roy McDonald. McDonald was still Chief Executive Officer and president when Connectix finally closed in August 2003.

GameStar is a monthly released PC computer game magazine in Germany. Gamestar is the best sold German language magazine focused on PC gaming and it also hosts the largest videogaming related portal in the German-speaking internet.

International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) is an American media, events and research company headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts focused on the tech landscape. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese investment company China Oceanwide Holdings Group. Founded in 1964, it is made up of International Data Corporation (IDC) and IDG Communications; the latter includes the brands CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, Network World, PC World, Macworld, and TechHive.

PC World is a global computer magazine published monthly by IDG. Since 2013, it has been an online only publication.

<i>GamePro</i> American video game magazine

GamePro was an American multiplatform video game magazine media company that published online and print content covering the video game industry, video game hardware and video game software. The magazine featured content on various video game consoles, PC computers and mobile devices. GamePro Media properties included GamePro magazine and their website. The company was also a part subsidiary of the privately held International Data Group (IDG), a media, events and research technology group.

Afilias, Inc. is a US Corporation that is the registry operator of the .info, .mobi and .pro top-level domain, service provider for registry operators of .org, .ngo, .lgbt, .asia, .aero, and a provider of domain name registry services for countries around the world, including .MN (Mongolia), .AG, .BM (Bermuda), .BZ (Belize), .AC, .GI (Gibraltar), .IO .ME (Montenegro), .PR .SC, .SH and .VC. .AU (Australia). Afilias also provided ancillary support to other domains, including .SG (Singapore), .LA (Laos) and .HN (Honduras).

Sohu Chinese Internet company founded in 1996

Sohu, Inc. is a Chinese Internet company headquartered in the Sohu Internet Plaza in Haidian District, Beijing. Sohu and its subsidiaries offer advertising, a search engine, on-line multiplayer gaming and other services.

<i>Computer Shopper</i> (US magazine)

Computer Shopper was a monthly consumer computer magazine published by SX2 Media Labs. The magazine ceased print publication in April 2009.

Infor American software company

Infor is a multi-national enterprise software company, headquartered in New York City, United States. Infor focuses on business applications for organizations delivered via cloud computing as a service. Originally focused on software ranging from financial systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP) to supply chain and customer relationship management, in 2010 Infor began to focus on software for industry niches, as well as user-friendly software design. Infor deploys its cloud applications through Amazon Web Services and various open source software platforms.

Hardcard

Hardcard is the genericized trademark for a hard disk drive, disk controller, and host adapter on an expansion card for a personal computer.

PC Advisor was a monthly computer magazine and website that ran from August 1995 to July 2017. It was published by IDG in the UK, which also publishes Macworld and Digital Arts.

RealNetworks American streaming software company founded in 1994

RealNetworks, Inc. is a provider of artificial intelligence and computer vision based products. RealNetworks was a pioneer in Internet streaming media delivery software and services. They are based in Seattle, Washington, United States. The company also provides subscription-based online entertainment services and mobile entertainment and messaging services.

Desktop Publishing magazine was founded, edited, and published by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes of TUG/User Publications, Inc., of Redwood City, CA.). Its first issue appeared in October, 1985, and was created and produced on a personal computer with desktop publishing software, preparing output on a prototype PostScript-driven typesetting machine from Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Erik Sandberg-Diment, a columnist at The New York Times, tried to buy the venture outright when he saw an early edition.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "InfoWorld Through the Years". InfoWorld. 29 (14). 2007-04-02. p. 17. #1384. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  2. "IDG". The New York Times . 2008-05-05.
  3. "About Us". InfoWorld. 2018-12-06. Archived from the original on 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. "Media Kit 2015" (PDF). InfoWorld. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  5. McCracken, Harry (2008-11-20). "The Twelve Greatest Defunct Tech Magazines Ever". Technologizer . Archived from the original on 2015-08-09. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  6. Computer Science Resources: A Guide to Professional Literature. American Society for Information Science. 2006-04-18. ISBN   9780914236801 . Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  7. Freiberger, Paul; Swaine, Michael (2000). Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer (illustrated 2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN   0-07135892-7 . Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  8. Metcalfe, Bob (1993-08-23). "Telecommunicating via ISDN is getting cheaper". InfoWorld. From the Ether. 15 (34). p. 46. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  9. Metcalfe, Bob (1993-12-13). "Stuck in the non-eeny PC mindset for 15 years". InfoWorld. From the Ether. 15 (50). p. 47. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  10. "The NSA Wiretapping Story That Nobody Wanted". The New York Times . 2009-07-17.