Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine to Become REDMOND Magazine

Renamed publication adds veteran IT journalists to staff.

(CHATSWORTH, CA) Commencing with the October 2004 issue, 101communications' Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine will become REDMOND Magazine, with a new look and a new tagline: The Independent Voice of the Microsoft IT Community.

The shift to REDMOND is a logical progression for MCP Magazine. “Our growth over the past 18-24 months has been nothing short of amazing. This move represents a major expansion. By investing in a top-notch editorial staff, and with a BPA-audited circulation in excess of 114,000 readers, we are well positioned to continue our leadership role in the Windows networking market,” said Henry Allain, Publisher of REDMOND.

REDMOND will uphold the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine mission — to serve the Microsoft IT community, including IT Managers, Network Managers, Network Administrators and C-level IT pros with strategic and tactical information about Microsoft technologies. It will boast a bold new design, and an array of exciting new editorial elements, including regular in-depth looks at Microsoft beta software, reviews driven by user experience rather than lab testing, and an attitude of tough — but always fair — coverage of Microsoft and its technologies.

REDMOND will continue to include, in-depth, aggressive coverage of Windows networking issues. In addition, it will expand its coverage relating to Microsoft technologies and their impact on business and IT infrastructure, including TCO, ROI, licensing, dealing with Microsoft sales, and Microsoft’s long-term product directions and their implications.

The new magazine will be led by veteran technology journalist Doug Barney, who serves as Editor-in-Chief. Barney has been a technology journalist for 20 years, serving as a writer, news editor and editor-in-chief for several publications. Barney was recently Editor-in-Chief of Network Computing, a bi-weekly publication with more than 220,000 subscribers. Barney also served as Executive Editor of News for Network World newspaper, where he ran both print and on-line news operations.

REDMOND Magazine is passionate about the Windows marketplace and the Microsoft IT community. Our readers are leaders within their IT departments, and are strong advocates for critical Microsoft technologies. We look forward to serving readers with no-nonsense reviews, challenging analysis, and strong nuts-and-bolts advice,” said Barney.

Joining Barney as Editor is Paul Desmond, who has been working as an IT trade press reporter and editor since 1988. Desmond spent 11 years at Network World, serving as a reporter, news editor, and finally features editor. Since late 2001, Desmond has served as executive editor of Microsoft Executive Circle magazine, a quarterly publication sponsored by Microsoft.

Serving as REDMOND News Editor is Scott Bekker. Bekker started covering the Microsoft enterprise environment for ENT Magazine in August 1998. He has been Editor-in-Chief at ENT and then since October 1999. Before joining ENT, Bekker worked for 4 1/2 years as an editor and reporter with The Associated Press in Kansas City and Philadelphia.

Keith Ward, Senior Editor for Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine since 2001, will assume a greater leadership role as Managing Editor. Ward has been a print journalist since 1989, and has been a reporter, editor and editorial page editor. He is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer who has worked in the IT department of a Fortune 500 company.

About REDMOND Magazine
REDMOND Magazine and its related properties including, e-newsletter,, ENT In-Depth Edition e-newsletter, ENT Newsline e-newsletter,, e-newsletter, Security Watch e-newsletter,, e-newsletter, and TechMentor Events are a division of 101communications, whose portfolio includes nine magazines, more than 30 conferences and extensive digital offerings.

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Henry Allain
Publisher, REDMOND
(949) 265-1556

Doug Barney
(978) 582-0066

[Amid Microsoft TechEd, REDMOND Magazine held its "pre-launch" party May 26 at THIN in downtown San Diego; click here for photos.—Editor.]


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