Microsystems (magazine)

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Editor Mark Rollins
Former editors Sol Libes
Categories Personal Computing
Frequency Bi-monthly 1980-1982;
monthly 1983-1984
Total circulation
First issue January 1980
Final issue
— Number
November 1984
Vol 5 No 11
Company Ziff-Davis
Country  United States of America
Based in Springfield, New Jersey
Language English
ISSN 0199-7955

Microsystems was a personal computing magazine founded by Sol Libes and published from January 1980[1] to November 1984.[2] Oriented toward the home and business personal computer user, it included an editorial page, letters from readers, technical articles, and advertisements. As a historical reference, it is notable for chronicling in detail the early days of the personal computer. Topics covered in its issues included:


As the nascent personal computer industry grew, the magazine changed as well. The front cover of the magazine adopted various titles throughout its history:

  • MICROSYSTEMS - the CP/M and S-100 user's journal
  • Microsystems - the CP/M user's journal
  • Microsystems - the journal for advanced microcomputing

In 1983, Ziff-Davis took over publication of the magazine, but decided in September 1984 to stop publication, citing "poor circulation and lack of substantial growth potential". The circulation at that time was about 55,000.[2]

Sol Libes resumed publication of the magazine under a new title in March 1985, as Micro/Systems Journal (ISSN 8750-9482) "for the Advanced Computer User".


  1. ^ Libes, Sol (March–April 1985). "Editor's Page". Micro/Systems Journal. Springfield, New Jersey: Libes Inc. 1 (1): 4, 13. 
  2. ^ a b Wancho, Frank J. (1984-10-10). "Demise of MICROSYSTEMS magazine". info-cpm newsgroup. Retrieved 2008-09-16. [dead link]