InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories

We're giving up our paper magazine to go all-digital. Here's a look back at some of our best magazine work over 28 terrifically turbulent years.

Rob Preston, VP & Editor in Chief, InformationWeek

June 13, 2013

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Our June 24 issue of InformationWeek is our last print issue, as media industry forces move us in a wholly digital and online direction. To celebrate InformationWeek's rich 28 years as a print magazine (its predecessor was a tabloid newspaper called Information Systems News), the editors selected 25 of the best covers and cover stories from more than 1,300 issues.

This slideshow isn't the definitive list -- you as readers and IT professionals are the ultimate judges of what's important and worth reading, and we'd love to hear your opinions on the biggest and best business technology stories of the past three decades in the Discussions section below.

Among the magazine highlights we selected: Our inside story on the beginnings of Microsoft's battle with the U.S. Department of Justice (August 1994); our burial of OS/2 Warp (August 1995); our early look at the Y2K time bomb (February 1996); our exclusive interview with IBM chief Lou Gerstner (February 1998); our prediction of's coming cloud clout (November 2000); our castigation of Microsoft's buggy software (February 2003); our iconic "lipstick on a pig" report on the state of ERP (July 2006); our touching tribute to missing data scientist Jim Gray and the industry's massive search for him (April 2007); our critical analysis of the security industry's "epic fail" (October 2010); and our exclusive analysis of General Motors' about-face on IT outsourcing (July 2012).

Throughout my two tours and 10 years at InformationWeek -- 1996 to 1999 and 2005 to present -- we've always prided ourselves on our close connection with our readers: the talented business technology executives and other professionals at the center of the world's greatest industry and global economic growth. Our credo has been to delve into the innovative technologies, companies, organizations and people making a difference.

We assure you that our commitment to that principle, to our audience members/readers, and to the very highest standards of reporting, writing and analysis will carry on in the 50-plus PDF-based magazines we will continue to deliver each year, as well as in the 25 to 30 articles and other content we create daily on As always, you can tell us what we're doing well and not so well by dropping me a note at [email protected].

Meantime, we hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane. We sure did.

About the Author(s)

Rob Preston

VP & Editor in Chief, InformationWeek

Rob Preston currently serves as VP and editor in chief of InformationWeek, where he oversees the editorial content and direction of its various website, digital magazine, Webcast, live and virtual event, and other products. Rob has 25 years of experience in high-tech publishing and media, during which time he has been a senior-level editor at CommunicationsWeek, CommunicationsWeek International, InternetWeek, and Network Computing. Rob has a B.A. in journalism from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. in economics from Binghamton University.

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