Enterprise Networking: Cover Story: 25 Years of PC Week/eWEEK

 
 
By Debra Donston  |  Posted 2009-02-26
 
 
 

Cover Story: 25 Years of PC Week/eWEEK

by Debra Donston

Cover Story: 25 Years of PC Week/eWEEK

1984

PC Week makes its debut.

1984

1985

With the Token-Ring LAN, 260 PCs could be linked over twisted-pair cabling.

1985

1986

An important day in e-mail history: Competing mail services—in this case, MCI Mail and CompuServe—link up.

1986

1987

The "Seeing the Future through Microsoft's Windows" headline turned out to be prescient.

1987

1988

PC Week's tagline changes from "The National Newspaper of IBM Standard Microcomputing" to "The National Newspaper of Corporate Microcomputing."

1988

1989

IBM's SAA era was short-lived, as industrywide standardization—as well as the client/server model—took hold.

1989

1990

PC Week's tagline changes again, from "The National Newspaper of Corporate Microcomputing" to "The National Newspaper of Corporate Computing."

1990

1991

The IBM/Apple pairing didn't happen, but a brave new world was being born: the World Wide Web.

1991

1992

IBM and Microsoft officially end their cooperative work on operating systems development.

1992

1993

'Outsider' Lou Gerstner takes IBM reins.

1993

1994

Microsoft's Windows 95 delay is one of many OS twists and turns that will bedevil enterprise IT managers in the years to come. 1994 was also notable as the year PC Week launched its Web site, www.pcweek.com.

1994

1995

IBM's acquisition of Lotus gets a thumbs-up from IT.

1995

1996

In 1996, the Web enters the mainstream. Java takes off, but end users balk at thin-client computing.

1996

1997

Improved search and browser technology combine to make doing business on the Web more effective.

1997

1998

Compaq acquires Digital Equipment Corp., but, in hindsight, the bigger story is the smaller headline at lower right.

1998

1999

1999 marked PC Week's 15th anniversary. But IT professionals probably remember it better for the remediations put into place to avoid a Y2K meltdown. In the end, disaster didn't happen.

1999

2000

The issue dated May 8, 2000, marked the change from PC Week to eWEEK. The change was made to reflect broader technology coverage as well as the shift to Web-based computing.

2000

2001

The tragedy of 9/11 touched us all. eWEEK's reporters and editors attempted to provide a measure of perspective on the events, and on the security, disaster recovery and business continuity planning systems that took on new meaning and importance in their wake.

2001

2002

eWEEK Labs' tests of gear based on the then-nascent 802.11a spec show that wireless networking has the performance—not to mention easier setup and manageability—to support corporate apps.

2002

2003

Before SAAS—and Salesforce.com—became household (or at least corporate-hold) names.

2003

2004

The Labs pitted Microsoft Office against the open-source OpenOffice.com under real-world conditions. File format issues were a chief concern.

2004

2005

The calm before the Vista storm.

2005

2006

The greening of IT begins ...

2006

2007

Companies face an increase in zero-day attacks.

2007

2008

Enterprise IT managers struggle to manage devices that are increasing in capability and risk, and that cross consumer/corporate lines.

2008

2009

Our 25th anniversary year is marked with a complete redesign.

2009

Rocket Fuel