Its all very well having a magazine with the headline: Windows 7 Your questions answered (example was taken from the mag on the left), but anything you need to know can be found on the internet, same goes for any kind of reviews, most, if not all of the software, the articles etc... there really is nothing on it that can't be obtained somewhere else for free.
that many magazines are finding it tough going. The internet has changed the way that people access information, and a global recession is biting into disposable incomes in no uncertain terms.
Add to that the fact that computers, and the software that runs on them have generally become more sophisticated and reliable, and you can see that fewer people feel the need to tinker around under the bonnet - they don't need magazine articles about how to build a computer, or add a new graphics card quite so much as was the case say, five years ago.
That's life, and magazine publishers must find ways to appeal to a slightly different market, or face the inevitable. I'm sorry to see Personal Computer World go, it has been a familiar sight in the newsagents as far back as I can remember; there was a time when it was almost an inch thick with advertising.
I hope that we at PCA continue to meet the needs of today's readers - if we don't it certainly isn't for lack of trying. I'm not in the office all the time, but when I do call in I see a very dedicated and enthusiastic team - one that I'm proud to be associated with. We'll keep trying, and we hope you'll keep buying.
PCW was the very first computer magazine I bought. It was in late 1983, and I was thinking about buying a computer, mainly for gaming. I bought the wrong magazine! PCW had naff all in it about gaming. It was the beginning for me, though, and it did have a review of a game called Splat! in it, which influenced my choice of computer. I bought a Sinclair Spectrum 48k a few weeks later, and the rest is history.
Splat! turned out to be a good, addictive game, btw.......