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October 2022

A history of MicroScope

MicroScope started life in Rathbone Place in London, launched by Sportscene Specialist Press in 1982, with the first issue published on 23 September 1982. The concept of the publication was to inform readers of new innovations within the newly emerging microcomputer industry channel, with its particular focus on reporting on news relevant to IT professionals and technology companies that were selling hardware and software. This was a time in the British computer industry when the microcomputer revolution was starting to bubble up, and the advent of affordable home computers was having an impact on people’s lives. Stephen England, who would later become an advertisement editor of MicroScope, named the magazine entirely randomly, putting potential names in two columns on a sheet of paper – the top of the two columns were the words “Micro” and “Scope”. After its launch, Felix Dennis became chairman of the magazine, and Peter Jackson took editorial control as its founding editor-in-chief. Its owners Sportscene Specialist Press, ...

Features in this issue

  • A history of MicroScope

    by  Anton Allegranza Quicke

    As MicroScope celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back and tell the story of the publication itself, with some industry memories of what it has meant to its readers

  • Where next for the channel?

    by  Simon Quicke

    As part of our 40th anniversary, we look ahead to get a sense of where the channel will go in the years and decades to come

  • The channel: Four decades of change

    by  Simon Quicke

    To celebrate MicroScope’s 40th anniversary, we ask channel leaders to reflect on the changes seen over the past four decades – a shift to software, and the emergence of the managed service provider and the cloud are among the highlights