PC World

PC World, stylized PCWorld, is a global computer magazine published monthly by IDG.[2] 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,[3] after some rocky times, including quitting and being rehired over editorial control issues in 2007.[4]

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.[5] Some of the non-English PC World websites now redirect to other IDG sites; for example, PCWorld.dk (Denmark) is now Computerworld.dk.

PC World
PC World logo
EditorJon Phillips
CategoriesComputer magazine
Total circulation
(December 2012)
355,117 (United States)[1]
First issueMarch 1983
Final issueAugust 2013 (print)
CountryUnited States
Based inSan Francisco, California, U.S.


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.[6]

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 February 1999, PC World's number of paid subscriptions reached a record of 1,000,453. At the time, it was the first and only computing magazine with a monthly release schedule to hit that mark.[7] 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.[8]

On 10 July 2013, owner IDG announced[9] 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.[10]


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:


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.[11] Crawford responded, calling media reports of McCracken's resignation "inaccurate."[12] CNET later reported that McCracken had told colleagues that IDG "was pressuring him to avoid stories that were critical of major advertisers."[13][14]

On May 9, Crawford was transferred to another department, and McCracken returned to PC World until his departure in 2008.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on 2017-01-23. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "IDG Print Publication: PCWorld".
  3. ^ "Goodbye, Kind PC World". Archived from the original on 2011-09-06.
  4. ^ "Editor in Chief Harry McCracken Returns to PCW". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04.
  5. ^ "contact Us Archived 2010-01-02 at the Wayback Machine." 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2001-05-20. Retrieved 2001-05-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Print circulation Archived 2007-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Bill Mickey (July 10, 2013). "IDG's PCWorld Going Digital-Only". Folio. Access Intelligence. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ Harry McCracken (July 11, 2013). "PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends". Time Magazine. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Kim Zetter, "PC World Editor Quits Over Apple Story" in Wired magazine, 2 May 2007.
  12. ^ "PC World editor quits during dispute over Apple story" in AppleInsider, 3 May 2007.
  13. ^ Tom Krazit, "PC World editor resigns over apparent ad pressure" from CNet, 2 May 2007.
  14. ^ "Editor quits after PC Mag kills Apple story" from MacNN, 3 May 2007.
  15. ^ 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 2007.

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4th British Academy Games Awards

The 4th British Academy Video Games Awards (known for the purposes of sponsorship as British Academy Video Games Awards in Association with PC World), awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, was an award ceremony held on 23 October 2007 in Battersea Evolution. The ceremony honoured achievement in 2007 for games which were released between 6 October 2006 and 5 October 2007 and was hosted by Vic Reeves. Wii Sports led with the most nominations with seven. Wii Sports was the major winner on the night, taking six of the seven awards available, equaling the record Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2003) and Half-Life 2 (2004) had with the most awards won in any BAFTA Video Games Awards ceremony. BioShock took the main prize of Best Game.

Chrome Zone

Chrome Zone is a retail store owned by the internet search company Google. As of May 2012, one branch operates inside the PC World located on Tottenham Court Road in, London, England, opened in late September 2011, and another based in Essex, England opened on October 7 of the same year.

Chrome Zone sells Chromebooks, laptops that run the Chrome OS, and accessories. As of May 2012, no further Chrome Zone locations have been opened besides the two in England. In a statement released by the Google UK Head of Consumer Marketing Arvind Desikan in 2011, it was revealed that the London and Essex stores were only the first installments of "mini-shops" to be spread out internationally in the coming years.


Currys is a British electrical retailer operating in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, owned by Dixons Carphone. It specialises in selling home electronics and household appliances, with 295 megastores and 73 high street shops. Smaller shops also trade under the Currys Digital brand in the United Kingdom, which was introduced to rebrand all former Dixons shops in April 2006.

Dixons shops in Ireland followed in August 2008, without the Digital suffix. Many of its physical shops in the United Kingdom now trade under the combined Currys PC World brand.

Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is a multinational electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company headquartered in London, formed on 7 August 2014 by the merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse Group. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The company operates under a number of brands in the United Kingdom, Ireland and mainland Europe. These include Currys, PC World, Team Knowhow and Carphone Warehouse in the United Kingdom; Dixons Travel in airports in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Oslo; Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse in the Republic of Ireland; Elkjøp in Norway; Elgiganten/Gigantti in the other Nordic countries; and Kotsovolos in Greece.

Dixons Retail

Dixons Retail plc was one of the largest consumer electronics retailers in Europe. In the United Kingdom, the company operated Currys, Currys Digital, PC World (with stores increasingly dual branded 'Currys PC World'), Dixons Travel and its service brand Knowhow.

Dixons Retail's Nordic and central European business was operated under the Elkjøp umbrella, and it also operated Kotsovolos in Greece. The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index until its merger with Carphone Warehouse on 7 August 2014 to create Dixons Carphone.At the time of its merger in 2014, Dixons Retail had 530 outlets in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and 322 in Northern Europe.

The company, formerly known as Dixons Group plc and later DSG International plc, specialised in selling mass market technology consumer electronics products, audio video equipment, PCs, small and large domestic appliances, photographic equipment, communication products and related financial and after sales services (e.g. extended service agreements, set up and installation and repairs).

It also sold other products and services, electrical products, spares, mobile services and extended warranties.

Doc (computing)

In computing, DOC or doc (an abbreviation of "document") is a filename extension for word processing documents, most commonly in the proprietary Microsoft Word Binary File Format. Historically, the extension was used for documentation in plain text, particularly of programs or computer hardware on a wide range of operating systems. During the 1980s, WordPerfect used DOC as the extension of their proprietary format. Later, in 1983, Microsoft chose to use the DOC extension for their proprietary Microsoft Word format. These uses for the extension have largely disappeared from the PC world.

Harry McCracken

Harry McCracken is technology editor for Fast Company and the founder of Technologizer, a website about personal technology. He was an editor at large for Time, covering technology, from February 2012 to June 2014. McCracken is also a former contributing editor at CNET.Until June 2, 2008, McCracken was the editor-in-chief of PC World for four years; he had previously held other editorial positions for ten.

Huawei Ideos Tablet S7

The Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 is an Android 3G tablet/phone with a 7-inch touch-screen that has 800*480 resolution, it runs Android 2.1, can connect via Wifi, has stereo sound and a gravity sensor.It is sold in Australia by Telstra as the T-Touch Tab. It is the cheapest tablet in Australia, according to PC World "the T-Touch Tab is effectively alone as an affordable, entry-level tablet that doesn't skimp on too many features". It is sold exclusively by Telstra for use on the Telstra Next G network.


InfoWorld (formerly The Intelligent Machines Journal) 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 is International Data Group, 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.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.


Mailbird is a desktop email client for Windows 7, 8 and 10, inspired by the Sparrow email client for OS X.It was awarded Best Windows Email Software Program in 2015, and 2014 by IT World and in 2013 by PC World and the email software program differentiates itself from other email clients like Thunderbird, Outlook and Windows Live Mail especially by having a simple design, focusing on speed and offering a platform for email productivity, by allowing other developers to develop applications for the Mailbird open-source app community and platform.

The company headquarters is in the Livit Tech Startup Ecosystem in Bali, Indonesia.

In March 2015, Mailbird launched version 2.0, with new features such as Email Snooze, Video Meetings and Speed Reader, and also added integrations for Facebook, WhatsApp, Veeting Rooms and more.

Microsoft Bob

Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product that was released on March 11, 1995 and discontinued in early 1996. The program was 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. 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.

A cartoon dog named Rover and other cartoon characters provided guidance using speech balloons. Rover and a few others later returned in Windows XP as "Search Companions".

Upon release, Microsoft Bob was criticized in the media and did not gain wide acceptance with users, which resulted in its discontinuation.

Orangemoody editing of Wikipedia

On August 31, 2015, the English Wikipedia community discovered 381 sockpuppet accounts operating a secret paid editing ring. Participants in the ring extorted money from mid-sized businesses who had articles about themselves rejected. Nicknamed "Orangemoody" after the first account uncovered, it was Wikipedia's biggest conflict-of-interest scandal at the time, exceeding the scope of the Wiki-PR editing of Wikipedia incident in which approximately 250 sockpuppets were found and blocked in 2013.

The story was reported by hundreds of English language and non-English language news sources, including Komsomolskaya Pravda, Le Temps, Le Monde and Die Zeit. The editing was described by various media as "black hat" editors (TechCrunch), "dishonest editing" (PC World), "extortion" (Wired), a "blackmail scam" (The Independent), and an "extensive cybercrime syndicate" (ThinkProgress).

PC Advisor

PC Advisor was a monthly computer magazine, released in the UK & Ireland, and website published by IDG. It offered advice on various aspects of PCs, related items such as digital photography, the internet, security and smartphones, and other personal-technology products and services. It ran for 264 issues, with the last being July 2017.

It was the UK & Ireland edition of IDG's PC World. (Another discontinued magazine called Personal Computer World and a PC World retailer – neither related to the PC World magazine – already existed in the UK.)

PC World (retailer)

PC World is one of the United Kingdom's largest retail chains of mass market computer megastores. Established in November 1991, it became part of Dixons Retail in February 1993 and then part of Dixons Carphone after the merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in August 2014. Many of its physical shops in the United Kingdom now trade under the combined Currys PC World brand, and as PC City in Italy.


Sohu, Inc. (Chinese: 搜狐; pinyin: Sōuhú; literally: 'Search-fox') 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. It was ranked as the world's third- and twelfth-fastest growing company by Fortune in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms

Harold Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms (born 21 November 1931) is the life president and former chairman of Dixons Retail (formerly DSG International plc, Dixons Group). Dixons Retail owns Currys, PC World, Knowhow (in-house services) and various international electronics retailers. Dixons Retail merged with Carphone Warehouse in October 2014 to become Dixons Carphone. He spent his entire career from 1948 working for Dixons, which was founded by his father Charles Kalms in 1937.He was Chairman of Volvere plc, a British turnaround group, from 2002 – 2011.

Windows 10

Windows 10 is a series of personal computer operating systems produced by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows 8.1, and was released to manufacturing on July 15, 2015, and broadly released for retail sale on July 29, 2015. Windows 10 receives new builds on an ongoing basis, which are available at no additional cost to users, in addition to additional test builds of Windows 10 which are available to Windows Insiders. Devices in enterprise environments can receive these updates at a slower pace, or use long-term support milestones that only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their ten-year lifespan of extended support.One of Windows 10's most notable features is support for universal apps, an expansion of the Metro-style apps first introduced in Windows 8. Universal apps can be designed to run across multiple Microsoft product families with nearly identical code‍—‌including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and Mixed Reality. The Windows user interface was revised to handle transitions between a mouse-oriented interface and a touchscreen-optimized interface based on available input devices‍—‌particularly on 2-in-1 PCs, both interfaces include an updated Start menu which incorporates elements of Windows 7's traditional Start menu with the tiles of Windows 8. Windows 10 also introduced the Microsoft Edge web browser, a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12.

Windows 10 received mostly positive reviews upon its original release in July 2015. Critics praised Microsoft's decision to provide a desktop-oriented interface in line with previous versions of Windows, contrasting the tablet-oriented approach of 8, although Windows 10's touch-oriented user interface mode was criticized for containing regressions upon the touch-oriented interface of Windows 8. Critics also praised the improvements to Windows 10's bundled software over Windows 8.1, Xbox Live integration, as well as the functionality and capabilities of the Cortana personal assistant and the replacement of Internet Explorer with Edge. However, media outlets have been critical of changes to operating system behaviors, including mandatory update installation, privacy concerns over data collection performed by the OS for Microsoft and its partners and the adware-like tactics used to promote the operating system on its release.Microsoft aimed to have Windows 10 installed on at least one billion devices in the two to three years following its release (which hasn't happened four years later). It became more popular than Windows 7 (though in 2019 Windows 7 is still more used in Africa and countries elsewhere, e.g in Asia). As of April 2019, the operating system has an estimated usage share of 56% of all the Windows versions on traditional PCs, and thus 45% of traditional PCs run Windows 10. Across all platforms (PC, mobile, tablet and console), 40% of devices run some kind of Windows, Windows 10 or older.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a personal computer operating system that was produced by Microsoft and released as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It was released to manufacturing on August 27, 2013, and reached general availability on October 17, 2013, about a year after the retail release of its predecessor. Windows 8.1 was made available as a free upgrade for retail copies of Windows 8 and Windows RT users via the Windows Store.

Windows 8.1 aimed to address complaints of Windows 8 users and reviewers on launch. Visible enhancements include an improved Start screen, additional snap views, additional bundled apps, tighter OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) integration, Internet Explorer 11, a Bing-powered unified search system, restoration of a visible Start button on the taskbar, and the ability to restore the previous behavior of opening the user's desktop on login instead of the Start screen. Windows 8.1 also added support for such emerging technologies as high-resolution displays, 3D printing, Wi-Fi Direct, and Miracast streaming, as well as the ReFS file system.Windows 8.1 received better positive reception than Windows 8, with critics praising the expanded functionality available to apps in comparison to 8, its OneDrive integration, along with its user interface tweaks and the addition of expanded tutorials for operating the Windows 8 interface. Despite these improvements, Windows 8.1 was still criticized for not addressing all digressions of Windows 8 (such as a poor level of integration between Metro-style apps and the desktop interface), and the potential privacy implications of the expanded use of online services. As of April 2019, 6.05% of Windows computers are running Windows 8.1.

Windows RT

Windows RT is a discontinued mobile operating system developed by Microsoft. It is an edition of Windows 8.x built for the 32-bit ARM architecture (ARMv7). First unveiled in January 2011 at Consumer Electronics Show, the Windows 8 RT operating system was officially launched alongside Windows 8 on October 26, 2012, with the release of three Windows RT-based devices, including Microsoft's original Surface tablet. Unlike Windows 8, Windows RT is only available as preloaded software on devices specifically designed for the operating system by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Microsoft intended for devices with Windows RT to take advantage of the architecture's power efficiency to allow for longer battery life, to use system-on-chip (SoC) designs to allow for thinner devices and to provide a "reliable" experience over time. In comparison to other mobile operating systems, Windows RT also supports a relatively large number of existing USB peripherals and accessories and includes a version of Microsoft Office 2013 optimized for ARM devices as pre-loaded software. However, while Windows RT inherits the appearance and functionality of Windows 8, it has a number of limitations; it can only execute software that is digitally signed by Microsoft (which includes pre-loaded software and Windows Store apps), and it lacks certain developer-oriented features.

Windows RT was released to mixed reviews from various outlets and critics. Some felt that Windows RT devices had advantages over other mobile platforms (such as iOS or Android) because of its bundled software and the ability to use a wider variety of USB peripherals and accessories, but the platform was criticized for its poor software ecosystem, citing the early stage of Windows Store and its incompatibility with existing Windows software, and other limitations over Windows 8.

Critics and analysts deemed Windows RT to be commercially unsuccessful, citing these limitations, its unclear, uncompetitive position of sitting as an underpowered system between Windows Phone and Windows 8, and the introduction of Windows 8 devices with battery life and functionality that met or exceeded that of Windows RT devices. Improvements to Intel's mobile processors, along with a decision by Microsoft to remove OEM license fees for Windows on devices with screens smaller than 9 inches, spurred a market for low-end Wintel tablets running the full Windows 8 platform. These devices largely cannibalized Windows RT; vendors began phasing out their Windows RT devices due to poor sales, and less than a year after its release, Microsoft suffered a US$900 million loss that was largely blamed on poor sales of the ARM-based Surface tablet and unsold stock.

Only two more Windows RT devices, Microsoft's Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520 in late-2013, were released outside of the five original launch devices, and no Windows RT counterpart of the Surface Pro 3 was released due to a re-positioning of the Surface line into a high-end market, and a switch to Intel architecture for the Surface 3. These developments left Microsoft's future support of the platform in doubt. As of February 2015, with the end of production for both Surface 2 and Lumia 2520, Microsoft and its subsidiaries no longer manufacture any Windows RT devices.There is no upgrade path to Windows 10 for devices running Windows RT. Windows 10 Mobile, based on Windows Phone, was unveiled for use on future tablets and smartphones with ARM architecture. Subsequently, Microsoft announced that it would also support the desktop version of Windows 10 on ARM architecture devices (particularly laptops), with emulation of the IA-32 architecture to enable compatibility with existing software.

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