In 1997, the publication was renamed to Macworld, incorporating MacUser (a name still reflected subtly on the magazine's Table of Contents page) to reflect the consolidation of the Ziff-Davis-owned MacUser magazine into the International Data Group-owned Macworld within the new Mac Publishing joint venture between the two publishers. That year, the new company also purchased the online publication MacCentral Online, because Macworld didn't have a powerful online component at the time. In late 2001 the International Data Group bought out Ziff-Davis' share of Mac Publishing, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of IDG.
The magazine is published in many countries, either by other IDG subsidiaries or by outside publishers who have licensed the brand name and its content. These editions include Australia, Germany (Macwelt), Italy, Spain, Sweden (MacWorld), Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Its content is also incorporated into a number of other IDG publications.
The magazine's publisher licenses its name to another IDG subsidiary, IDG World Expo, for the Macworld Conference & Expo, which takes place twice annually in North America.
Macworld's organizers and some exhibitors who are attending acknowledged yesterday that moving the convention reduced its appeal for many of the companies that helped make the event a must-attend for Macintosh enthusiasts through much of the 1990s.
Macworld's organizers have faced doubts about the change of venue since 2002, when they announced that the convention would leave the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
Microsoft, long a Macworld exhibitor, said in a statement this week that it is definitely not participating in this year's convention but that it will monitor the Boston event's success to determine whether it will participate in the future.
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