Windows: The Official Magazine
|First issue||February 2007|
Windows: The Official Magazine is a technology magazine produced by Future plc in association with Microsoft, and published worldwide. The title describes itself as "A PC magazine for real life", and contains news, features, guides and reviews designed to show readers how to make better use of their Windows PC.
The magazine is notable for being the biggest magazine launch in publishing history, going on sale in eleven countries simultaneously. Launched the day after Windows Vista was released, versions were produced in the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium (Dutch-speaking), Brazil, South Africa and Australia. The title was also sold in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Bahrain, Belgium (French-speaking), Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, Ukraine,  Taiwan, and Thailand.
All are based on content from the UK edition of the magazine, which is edited by Adam Ifans, formerly the long-standing editor of Future's internet title PC Format. The other staff are Art Editors Fraser McDermott and Seth Singh, Operations Editor Jo Membery, Production Editors Rhian Drinkwater, Steven Raynes and Katherine Davies, Section Editor James "Stabliser" Stables, Disc Editor Simon Arblaster and Staff Writers Nick Odantzis and Matt Hanson.
The US edition, which is only produced quarterly as of issue 3, is edited by Robert Strohmeyer and written by freelance contributors including Ed Bott.
The magazine has now dropped the word Vista from its name, as it now covers Windows XP and Windows 7 as well.
The UK edition of the magazine has actively solicited contributors from readers from the first issue, basing features around people's experiences of using the new operating system and users' comments on tutorials and featured products. The official magazine website allows readers to post in forums, post and read blogs, read old and previewed articles and also e-mail the editor and the rest of the team where readers can request, comment and have their thoughts heard. The magazine makes a point of featuring readers in every issue, including feedback on previous issues, comments and columns on the current issue, and "reader tests" where a member of the magazine community tries out a selection of new products.
References and footnotes
- Brand Republic - Future launches Microsoft magazine in 11 countries