PC World, stylized PCWorld, is a global computer magazine published
monthly by IDG. Since 2013, it has been an online only publication.
It offers advice on various aspects of PCs and related items, the
Internet, and other personal technology products and services. In each
PC World reviews and tests hardware and software products
from a variety of manufacturers, as well as other technology related
devices such as still and video cameras, audio devices and
The current editor of
PC World is Jon Phillips, formerly of Wired. In
August 2012, he replaced Steve Fox, who had been editorial director
since the December 2008 issue of the magazine. Fox replaced the
magazine's veteran editor Harry McCracken, who resigned that
spring, after some rocky times, including quitting and being
rehired over editorial control issues in 2007.
PC World is published under other names such as
PC Advisor and PC Welt
in some countries. PC World's company name is IDG Consumer & SMB,
and it is headquartered in San Francisco. Some of the non English
PC World websites now redirect to other IDG sites; for example,
PCWorld.dk (Denmark) is now Computerworld.dk.
4 See also
6 External links
The publication was announced at the
COMDEX trade show in November
1982, and first appeared on newsstands in March 1983;
Felix Dennis set
Personal Computer World
Personal Computer World which he later sold to VNU, and established
MacUser which he sold to
Ziff Davis Publishing in the mid eighties. PC
Magazine was also acquired by Ziff Davis.
The magazine was founded by
David Bunnell and Cheryl Woodard, and its
first editor was Andrew Fluegelman. PC World's magazine and web site
have won a number of awards from Folio, the American Society of
Business Publication Editors, MIN, the Western Publications
Association, and other organizations; it is also one of the few
technology magazines to have been a finalist for a National Magazine
Many well known technology writers have contributed to PC World,
including Steve Bass, Daniel Tynan, Christina Wood, John C. Dvorak,
Stephen Manes, Lincoln Spector, Stewart Alsop, David Coursey, James A.
Martin, and others. Editorial leadership has included Harry Miller,
Richard Landry, Eric Knorr, Phil Lemmons, Cathryn Baskin, Kevin
McKean, and Harry McCracken.
In April 2005, the show
Digital Duo was slightly rebranded and
relaunched as PC World's Digital Duo, and ran for an additional 26
episodes. As of 2006, PC World's audited rate base of 750,000 made it
the largest circulation computing magazine in the world.
On 10 July 2013, owner IDG announced that the magazine would cease
its thirty year print run. The August 2013 issue was the last printed
of the magazine PC World, future issues would be digital only.
Based in San Francisco, PC World's original edition is published in
United States however it is also available in other countries (51
in total), sometimes under a different name:
PC World in Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Brazil, Denmark,
India (from July 2006), Kosovo, New Zealand, Norway,
Peru, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam,
PC Advisor in
Ireland and the United Kingdom. (Another now
discontinued magazine called
Personal Computer World
Personal Computer World and a PC World
retailer — neither related to the
PC World magazine —
already exist or existed in those markets.)
PC Welt, is the
German language edition.
Info Komputer, is the
Indonesian language edition.
Kompiuterija, is the
Lithuanian language edition.
Thế Giới Vi Tính, is the
Vietnamese language edition (also called
PC World Vietnam).
Mikro - PC World, is the
Serbian language edition.
Мир ПК, is the
Russian language edition.
In May 2007, McCracken resigned abruptly under controversial
circumstances. According to sources quoted in Wired, McCracken quit
abruptly because the new CEO of PC World, Colin Crawford, tried to
kill an unfavorable story about Apple and Steve Jobs. Crawford
responded, calling media reports of McCracken's resignation
CNET later reported that McCracken had told
colleagues that IDG "was pressuring him to avoid stories that were
critical of major advertisers."
On May 9, Crawford was transferred to another department, and
McCracken returned to
PC World until his departure in 2008.
San Francisco Bay Area portal
^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December
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^ "IDG Print Publication: PCWorld".
^ "Goodbye, Kind PC World". Archived from the original on
^ "Editor in Chief
Harry McCracken Returns to PCW". Archived from the
original on 2011-10-04.
^ "contact Us Archived 2010-01-02 at the Wayback Machine.." PC World
Communications. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
^ Deborah Wise (December 20, 1982). "Staff walks out on PC Magazine,
starts new journal". InfoWorld. Popular Computing, Inc. 4 (50): 1, 10.
^ Print circulation Archived 2007-06-15 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Bill Mickey (July 10, 2013). "IDG's PCWorld Going Digital-Only".
Folio. Access Intelligence. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
Harry McCracken (July 11, 2013). "PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era
of Computer Magazines Ends". Time Magazine. Retrieved August 13,
^ Kim Zetter, "
PC World Editor Quits Over Apple Story" in Wired
magazine, 2 May 2007.
PC World editor quits during dispute over Apple story" in
AppleInsider, 3 May 2007.
^ Tom Krazit, "
PC World editor resigns over apparent ad pressure" from
CNet, 2 May 2007.
^ "Editor quits after PC Mag kills Apple story" from MacNN, 3 May
^ Ramon G. McLeod, "Editor in Chief
Harry McCracken Returns to PCW"
Archived 2007-05-10 at the Wayback Machine. from PC World.com, 9 May
PC World website
Official mobile website[permanent dead link]
PC World Albanian website
PC World Polish website
PC Welt German website
PC World Czech website
InfoWorld (The Industry Standard)
IDG World Expo
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