is a global computer magazine
published monthly by
. 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 editorial director of PC World is longtime tech
journalist Steve Fox
with the December 2008 issue of the magazine. He replaced the
magazine's veteran editor Harry
, who resigned that spring.
PC World is published under other names such as PC
and PC Welt
The publication was announced at the COMDEX trade show in November
1982, and first appeared on newsstands in March 1983; its original
staff consisted of people who had left PC Magazine
en masse after that publication
was acquired by Ziff Davis
The magazine was founded by David
and Cheryl Woodard, and its first editor was Andrew
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
, including Steve Bass, Daniel
, Christina Wood, Stephen
, Lincoln Spector, Stewart
, David Coursey, James A. Martin, and others. Editors have
included Harry Miller, Richard Landry, Eric Knorr, Phil Lemmons,
Cathryn Baskin, Kevin McKean, and Harry McCracken.
In 2005 the show Digital Duo
and relaunched as
PC World's Digital Duo
ran for an additional 26 episodes.
As of 2006, PC World'
s audited rate base of 750,000 makes
it the largest-circulation computing magazine in the world.
On January 9, 2007, senior editor Rex Farrance was killed after
being shot during a home-invasion robbery attempt.
San Francisco, PC World's original edition is published in the
States however it is also available in other countries (51
in total), sometimes under a different name:
World in Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India (from July
2006), Italy,Kosovo, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland,Spain, Romania, Turkey, Vietnam, Ecuador.
Advisor in Ireland and the
Kingdom. (Another magazine called Personal Computer World, and a
PC World retailer-
neither related to the PC World magazine- already exist in
- PC Welt, is the German-language edition.
- Info Komputer, is the Indonesian-language edition.
- Kompiuterija, is the Lithuanian-language edition.
- The Gioi Vi Tinh, is the Vietnamese-language edition
In May, 2007, McCracken, resigned abruptly under controversial
circumstances. According to sources quoted in Wired Magazine, 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
"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.