Welcome to the beginning of a new PCWorld era

Night and day. This is the difference between the PCWorld we just consigned to our recycle bin, and the bigger, bolder, exponentially more dynamic PCWorld that we unveil today.

As you can see, our website has undergone a stunning visual transformation. Along with a sleek new logo, we’ve unleashed brand new fonts, plus a user interface that showcases eye-catching artwork instead of the previous flurry of text links. Our goal is to simplify your PCWorld experience by removing the clutter (much like the new Windows 8 design!), and pushing forward content that matters most.

Along with our new look and feel, I'm also excited to announce the launch of a brand new sister site, TechHive, which will cover all the gear that doesn’t neatly fit into the PC/Windows ecosystem--this includes cameras, home entertainment products, and all those smartphones and tablets that don’t run a Windows-based operating system.

Some of TechHive’s content will surface on the brand new PCWorld and also appear in PCWorld magazine, but make no mistake: PCWorld is doubling down on its coverage of the core PC universe, and this means dialing in a razor-sharp focus on the products, news topics and use-case scenarios that bear direct relevance to PC buying and upgrading decisions, and being as productive as possible at work and at home.

We’ll be focusing on PC hardware like we never have before--and there’s never been a more exciting time to cover PCs thanks to the coming explosion of Windows 8 all-in-ones, laptops, ultrabooks, hybrids, and tablets. We’re also intent on becoming your go-to destination for news, analysis, reviews and how-tos relating to the greater Windows ecosystem. We'll tell you everything you need to know about Windows 8 itself, but also help you connect the dots among the Windows Phone platform, Windows RT, Office, Skydrive and all the other software services that Microsoft says, in theory, are supposed to work seamlessly together.

Business coverage? Absolutely. We're right on top of it. PC security? Yes. It's core to our mission. Printers, routers and other PC peripherals? But of course. It's what we do. We'll also increase our focus on internal components like memory and videocards, because if the PC is anything, it's the premier platform for computer D.I.Y.

These are exciting times to be a PC user. These are also potentially confusing times to be a PC user. And so this is the perfect time, we think, to give you a revamped, much more focused PCWorld. Our new site was created with the smart people at Mule Design and implemented on a new content-management system that’s also serving TechHive and Macworld. There will be bugs! If you spot some, please send a note to bugreport@pcworld.com.

And please share your thoughts on the new site design in the comments section below!

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