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March 26, 2007 cover of InfoWorld
PublisherPopular Computing, Inc. (CW Communications, Inc.)
InfoWorld Publishing, Inc. (IDG Communications, Inc.)
First issue11 December 1978; 45 years ago (1978-12-11)
Final issue2 April 2007 (2007-04-02)[1] (Now published online)
CountryUnited States
Based inSan Francisco

InfoWorld (IW) is an American 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 U.S..[3]

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]


The magazine was founded by Jim Warren in 1978 as The Intelligent Machines Journal (IMJ).[5] It was sold to IDG in late 1979. On 18 February 1980, the magazine 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 and 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 has been 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, the 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]


  1. ^ a b c d "InfoWorld Through the Years". InfoWorld. Vol. 29, no. 14. 2007-04-02. p. 17. #1384. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  2. ^ Lohr, Steve (2008-05-05). "Publisher Tested the Waters Online, Then Dove In". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  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. Vol. 15, no. 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. Vol. 15, no. 50. p. 47. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  10. ^ McMillan, Robert (2009-07-17). "The NSA Wiretapping Story That Nobody Wanted". The New York Times. IDG News.
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