SOURCE: Windows Secrets

July 08, 2008 03:15 ET

Support Alert Newsletter Merges With Windows Secrets

Combined Publication to Reach 400,000 Subscribers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - Windows Secrets Newsletter announced today the merger of its weekly newsletter with Support Alert Newsletter. The combined publication will join two of the most popular newsletters covering Microsoft Windows, reaching more than 400,000 subscribers worldwide with the latest insider information on Windows products.

Brian Livingston, Windows Secrets editorial director, says the new Windows Secrets/Support Alert publication will initially appear on July 24, 2008. In order to avoid confusion for subscribers, the combined publication will be entitled Windows Secrets & Support Alert Newsletter. The title will revert back to Windows Secrets Newsletter after four weeks. The combined subscriber base is expected to surpass that of the Sunday circulation of the Miami Herald, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and several other metropolitan newspapers.

"This merger will allow us to cover Microsoft with even more depth, so we can offer our subscribers a closer look at the inner workings of Windows products," says Livingston. "With Gizmo writing alongside us, we can shine a light into every corner of Windows."

Ian "Gizmo" Richards, a long-time technology writer, has published the Support Alert Newsletter since July 2002. Prior to that, the monthly newsletter was edited by Robert Schifreen and was initially known as PC Alert from its inception in September 1998. Richards will become senior editor of Windows Secrets Newsletter and will focus on reviews of software applications that run on Windows, especially free software. He will also continue developing his popular Web site.

In addition to editing the Windows Secrets newsletter, Livingston is the co-author of 11 books in the "Windows Secrets" series (Wiley). The Windows Secrets Newsletter has been published under its current name since July 2004 after a merger of Brian's Buzz on Windows and Woody's Windows Watch, a publication founded by Woody Leonhard, the co-author of several "For Dummies" books (Wiley). Windows Secrets joined in November 2006 with LangaList, a newsletter written by Fred Langa, the former editor of Byte magazine. Windows Secrets newsletter currently enjoys a weekly subscriber base of 275,000. Visitors to the Web site generate nearly 1 million page views per month.

"This will create one of the largest newsletters devoted to Windows technology that I'm aware of," says Windows Secrets technical editor Dennis O'Reilly. "It won't be some tiny blog written in a basement. This new publication will be a great source of information for Windows users."

About Windows Secrets

Seattle-based publishes a free, weekly e-mail newsletter and a longer version available for a fee determined by the user. Published since 2003, the newsletter reveals tips and tricks to get the most out of Microsoft Windows. Employing six full-time staff members, also publishes the work of several contributing editors, including Ryan Russell, Mark Joseph Edwards, and Susan Bradley. For more information, visit

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