Welcome to REDMOND (Magazine)!
Coming in October: More of the same, but more and better.
Consider yourself warned. The magazine you’re holding in your hands (okay,
a PDF for some) will soon change before your very eyes.
First, a dramatic redesign is well underway—with a bold new cover design
and an unabashed emphasis on readability. Trust me. You’ll like it—a
Looks are important, but content and staff is what really matters.
Without boring you with a bunch of resumes, we’ve brought some hard-core
folks on board. After spending 11 years as a writer, news editor and features
editor for Network World, then five more years as an independent IT writer
and editor, would you know a little about IT? If you answered yes, then you’ll
be impressed with Paul Desmond. Solid, tough and talented, Paul will make sure
you get the magazine you need.
Those of you who read ENT Magazine will
be familiar with the work of Scott Bekker. The former ENT editor is now
driving our news coverage, and has Microsoft more wired than a 10-year old with
an overbite. You can still find Scott’s daily content on ENTmag.com.
Our own Keith Ward, a proud MCSE, is taking care of business as Managing Editor.
Keith will also be writing a good many of our cover stories. You want hard-core
Microsoft tech? Talk to the Ward man. Michael Domingo and Becky Nagel will continue
to hold down the online fort, as well.
So Who’s This Barney Clown Anyway?
I won’t subject you to all the gory details, but I am an IT journalist
to the absolute core. I’ve covered Microsoft on and off since 1984. Heck,
I remember its stock opening at $21 (if I bought a bunch, I’d be in Guyana
rather than here). I’ve been lambasted by (and had dinner and drinks with)
all the biggies: Gates, Ballmer and Raikes just to name a few.
All the best MCP Magazine material remains. We’ll still have the
great reviews and product roundups, and you can count on old pals Bill Boswell,
Roberta Bragg, Don Jones and Chris Brooke to deliver great hands-on columns
that help you do a better job everyday. We will, however, offer more strategic
coverage. Want a better deal from Bill? Care to know what the boys from Redmond
are up to? We’ll give you all that—and much, much more.
And we’ll surprise and hopefully excite you with articles that push the
high-tech journalism envelope.
Jeepers, I almost forgot. All these changes will happen in October, when MCP
Magazine becomes REDMOND Magazine—the Independent Voice of the
Microsoft IT Community.
If you remember one thing from this mess of words, it is this—this is
your magazine, and we plan to represent the Microsoft IT community like never
before. To do so, you’ve got to talk to us. Start with me. I’m at
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.