Microsoft is pulling the plug on its developer-focused MSDN Journal, the software program large has revealed, ending the month-to-month title’s run—each in print and on-line—after almost twenty years.
The November concern of MSDN might be its final, in line with a brief announcement posted on the journal’s web site Monday, which famous that again points will proceed to be obtainable on-line and that readers whose paid subscriptions lengthen past November might be given prorated refunds.
“As Microsoft services and products expanded exponentially over time, MSDN Journal has gone by way of its personal evolution, as nicely,” learn the announcement. “We realized that it’s time to retire MSDN Journal and to hold on its work by way of net channels like docs.microsoft.com.”
Born in 2000 from a merger of two predecessors—Microsoft Programs Journal and Microsoft Web Developer—MSDN was revealed in month-to-month installments by United Enterprise Media on Microsoft’s behalf till 2009, when one other B2B writer, 1105 Media, took over the contract together with one other Microsoft title, TechNet, whose print version was in the end discontinued in 2013.
MSDN—which claims a circulation of 80,000 in addition to 850,000 month-to-month readers on-line—is the one remaining print journal revealed by Converge360, 1105 Media’s customized content material/advertising and marketing companies division, which was shaped final yr and in addition homes digital-only manufacturers like Redmond, MCP Magazine and Enterprise Programs Journal, amongst others.
“Microsoft has shifted the main target of its outreach efforts to the docs.microsoft.com web site, and the content material of MSDN Journal might be migrated to that location over the approaching weeks and months,” Christopher Kourtoglou, affiliate writer at Converge360, tells Folio:.
Neither Microsoft nor 1105 answered questions on what is going to change into of MSDN‘s current staffers after the ultimate concern is revealed. The masthead printed within the journal’s Could concern lists a couple of dozen editors and contributors along with the artwork, manufacturing and gross sales employees from the 1105 facet.
“It’s with heavy coronary heart I announce that MSDN Journal will shut after the Nov. concern,” wrote editor-in-chief Michael Desmond on Twitter. “For 33 years, [MSDN] and its predecessor (Microsoft Programs Journal) have supplied hands-on steerage to Microsoft builders.”