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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 publication, 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 televisions

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, PCWorlddk Denmark is now Computerworlddk


  • 1 History
  • 2 Countries
  • 3 Controversy
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 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 up 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 Award

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 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 July 10, 2013 owner IDG announced that the magazine would cease its 30-year print run The August 2013 issue was the last printed of PC World magazine, future issues would be digital-only


Based in San Francisco, PC World's original edition is published in the 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, Greece, Hungary, India from July 2006, Kosovo, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Ecuador
  • PC Advisor in Ireland and the United Kingdom Another now-discontinued magazine called 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 "inaccurate" 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

See also

  • San Francisco Bay Area portal
  • Companies portal
  • PC Magazine
  • WorldBench


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines" Alliance for Audited Media December 31, 2012 Retrieved February 22, 2013 
  2. ^ "IDG Print Publication: PCWorld" 
  3. ^ "Goodbye, Kind PC World" 
  4. ^ "Editor in Chief Harry McCracken Returns to PCW" 
  5. ^ "contact Us" PC World Communications Retrieved December 29, 2009
  6. ^ Deborah Wise December 20, 1982 "Staff walks out on PC Magazine, starts new journal" InfoWorld Popular Computing, Inc 4 50: 1, 10 ISSN 0199-6649 
  7. ^ Print circulation
  8. ^ Bill Mickey July 10, 2013 "IDG's PCWorld Going Digital-Only" Folio Access Intelligence Retrieved 10 July 2013 
  9. ^ Harry McCracken July 11, 2013 "PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends" Time Magazine Retrieved August 13, 2015 
  10. ^ Kim Zetter, "PC World Editor Quits Over Apple Story" in Wired magazine, 2 May 2007
  11. ^ "PC World editor quits during dispute over Apple story" in AppleInsider, 3 May 2007
  12. ^ Tom Krazit, "PC World editor resigns over apparent ad pressure" from CNet, 2 May 2007
  13. ^ "Editor quits after PC Mag kills Apple story" from MacNN, 3 May 2007
  14. ^ Ramon G McLeod, "Editor in Chief Harry McCracken Returns to PCW" from PC Worldcom, 9 May 2007

External links

  • PC World website
  • Official mobile website
  • PC World Bulgaria website
  • PC World Romania website
  • PC World Italy website
  • PC World India website
  • PC World Albanian website
  • PC World Polish website
  • PC Welt German website
  • PC World Czech website
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