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Computer Weekly is dead, long live

Posted by Debby Penton on 29th March 2011

So today we’ve heard the news that Computer Weekly and Microscope are being acquired by TechTarget.  And while the publications will continue to exist and hopefully thrive online, from the end of April, the print editions of both titles will cease.

This probably doesn’t come as a shock to most readers of the titles, who couldn’t have failed to notice the paper editions getting increasingly lighter over the years, supported in the main by job adverts.  And I’m sure we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief that these titles are not being axed completely, as has happened to other IT titles including IT Week before them.

It’s just a sign of the times. We are increasingly turning to the internet to keep up to date with news and trends and research purchasing decisions, and the IT industry is no different.

So tech PR account execs around the land can rejoice in having one less publication to file. But I might keep a copy or two for old times’ sake. It’ll be interesting to see how the editorial team over at CW (headed by ex-Computing Editor Bryan Glick) adapt to an online-only news cycle to keep the site fresh and engaging.

Debby Penton

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