InfoWorld (formerly The Intelligent Machines Journal) is an 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 is International Data Group, and its sister publications include Macworld and PC World. InfoWorld is based in San Francisco, with contributors and supporting staff based across the United States.[1]

First issueDecember 11, 1978 (1978-12-11)
Final issue2 April 2007 (2007-04-02) (Now published online)
CountryUnited States
Based inSan Francisco

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.[2]


The magazine was founded by Jim Warren in 1978 as Intelligent Machines Journal.[3] It sold to IDG in late 1979. Early the next year, the name was changed to InfoWorld. 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.[4][5][6]

Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe was CEO and publisher from 1991 to 1996, and contributed a weekly column until 2000.[7][8] As the magazine transitioned to be exclusively Web-based, a final print edition was dated April 2, 2007 (Volume 29, Issue 14).[9]

In its Web incarnation, InfoWorld has transitioned away from widely available news stories to a focus on how-to, expert testing, and thought leadership. InfoWorld also offers its content for mobile devices.


  1. About Us Archived 2018-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, InfoWorld
  2. Media Kit 2015 Archived 2016-06-16 at the Wayback Machine, InfoWorld
  3. Harry McCracken (November 20, 2008). "The Twelve Greatest Defunct Tech Magazines Ever". Technologizer. Archived from the original on 2015-08-09. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  4. InfoWorld, April 2, 2007, p.17
  5. Computer Science Resources: A Guide to Professional Literature. Google Books. April 18, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  6. Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer. Google Books. 2000. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  7. From the Ether, By Bob Metcalfe, Page 46, InfoWorld. Google Books. August 23, 1993. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  8. From the Ether, By Bob Metcalfe, InfoWorld. Google Books. December 13, 1993. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  9. InfoWorld Through the Years, InfoWorld. Google Books. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
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