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.
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.