About Windows Secrets
- Tracey Capen
Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld’s managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine’s test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.
- Fred Langa
Fred Langa is senior editor and weekly contributor to the LangaList Plus column. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.
- Kathleen Atkins
In addition to her duties as associate editor for the Windows Secrets newsletter, Kathleen Atkins is a freelance writer, editor, and avid photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.
- Woody Leonhard
Woody Leonhard is a cofounder of the Windows Secrets senior editor. His numerous books on Windows and Office include the award-winning Windows 7 All-In-One For Dummies. His many writings cast a critical eye on the latest industry shenanigans.
- Susan Bradley
Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She’s also a partner in a California CPA firm.
- Michael Lasky
Michael Lasky is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California, who has 20 years of computer-magazine experience, most recently as senior editor at PC World.
- Lincoln Spector
Lincoln Spector writes about computers, home theater, and film and maintains two blogs: Answer Line at PCWorld.com and Bayflicks.net. His articles have appeared in CNET, InfoWorld, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.
Patrick Marshall, Katherine Murray, David Robinson, Nathan Segal, and Doug Spindler
The Windows Secrets Newsletter began with the merger in July 2004 of two high-tech e-mail newsletters: Brian’s Buzz on Windows, edited by Brian Livingston beginning February 2003, and Woody’s Windows Watch, founded by Woody Leonhard in 1998. The two publications merged on July 22, 2004, and began using the domain name WindowsSecrets.com. Brian’s 50,000 subscribers joined Woody’s 100,000-strong list to form a combined, unduplicated subscriber base of about 140,000.
The LangaList, an e-mail newsletter edited since 1997 by Fred Langa, merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Adding its 145,000 subscribers resulted in a publication with a circulation of about 270,000.
The Support Alert Newsletter, a publication edited by Ian “Gizmo” Richards for most of its existance from 1998 to 2008, merged with Windows Secrets on July 24, 2008. Combining Support Alert’s 150,000 subscribers with Windows Secrets pushed the total circulation over 400,000.
Today, Windows Secrets is part of the Penton Technology Group, which includes our sister publication, SuperSite for Windows.
About the Lounge
In late 2008, Windows Secrets was asked by senior editor Woody Leonhard to become responsible for his discussion board, then known as “Woody’s Lounge.” The board was upgraded in early 2009, moved to the domain name Lounge.WindowsSecrets.com, and renamed the WS Lounge on October 30, 2009.