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Microsoft Will Close MSDN Magazine in November After 30 Years

Microsoft says MSDN Magazine will be closed online and in print from November as it moves all development resources online.


Print media has been decimated by the digital age, with major newspapers and magazines falling by the wayside. is the latest to reflect the sign of the times and will shutter its MSDN Magazine after nearly three decades in circulation.

“As Microsoft products and services expanded exponentially over the years, MSDN Magazine has gone through its own evolution, as well. We realized that it is time to retire MSDN Magazine and to carry on its work through Web channels like docs.microsoft.com.”

First published back in 1992, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) was launched to keep Microsoft connected with its developer network.

Back then, MSDN Magazine was separated into two publications, Microsoft Systems Journal (MSJ) and Microsoft Internet Developer (MIND). It was not until 2000 that Microsoft decided to merge the magazines.

MSDN Magazine is available as a print publication in the United State but is only available online in the rest of the world. As mentioned, print has taken a beating over the last decade. However, niche magazines can sometimes survive as their reader-base is more deciation.

Microsoft's magazine is a niche publication, but its readship is invested in the digital world. What is interesting is the fact Microsoft has decided to shutter MSDN Magazine entirely, including the online version.

Moving Forward

Over the years the magazine has evolved to cover the breadth of Microsoft services and products. Microsoft advises users to head to docs.microsoft.com for resources on development moving forward. The company says people who have paid for their subscripting will receive a refund once the magazine closes in November.

All previous issues of MSDN Magazine will be made available online.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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