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Paul Thurrott Joins the Petri IT Knowledgebase, Launches

More than 17 years ago, Paul Thurrott launched the SuperSite for Windows, an independent tech news site that eventually became one of the leading destinations on the internet for information and news about Microsoft, Windows, and lots of other IT and tech topics. I’d wager that most Petri readers have read Paul’s work before, and I’m happy to announce that Paul has joined the Petri IT Knowledgebase editorial team, in addition to partnering with Petri publisher Blue Whale Web to launch an all-new tech news site at

From WinInfo Daily Update to the SS Sashimi

I first met Paul when I joined Windows IT Pro magazine as a senior editor in the spring of 2007. One of the first tasks of any new editor at Windows IT Pro in those days was to edit Paul’s WinInfo Daily Update email newsletter, so I quickly became familiar with Paul’s writing style, an approach that seamlessly blended information and opinion into addictively readable content.

I moved on to other roles and responsibilities during my time at Windows IT Pro, spent some time at Microsoft TechNet Magazine, and then eventually ended up here at the Petri IT Knowledgebase. I continued to run into Paul over the years, and it was always clear that Paul was — and remains — one of the leading voices covering the tech industry, especially when it comes to Microsoft.

Paul Thurrott coffee cup
The ubiquitous Paul Thurrott coffee cup, now bearing the logo from his all-new site at, launched in partnership with Petri IT Knowledgebase publisher Blue Whale Web. (Image: Cindy Roth-Wurster)

So when Blue Whale Web Managing Partner George Coll and I had the opportunity to bring Paul aboard as a contributor to the Petri IT Knowledgebase and to partner with him to launch an all-new tech website at, we jumped at the chance. (In the interest of full transparency, a boat-sized dinner of sushi and promised trips to a mutually beloved watering hole known as “The Town Pump” in Fort Collins, CO may have helped sway Paul’s opinion.)

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Paul and the Petri IT Knowledgebase

So what will Paul be doing for Petri? In addition to launching and maintaining his own all-new tech site at, Paul will become the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase and will bring his own unique insight and perspective on Microsoft and the tech industry by posting news stories each day here on

Paul Thurrott Joins the Petri IT Knowledgebase
Blue Whale Web Managing Partner George Coll (@georgecoll) enjoying a Titanic-sized boat of sushi while Paul Thurrott’s (@thurrott) left hand looks on. Jeff James (@jeffjames3) is behind the smartphone. (Image: Jeff James)

In conjunction with Paul’s arrival here at Petri, you’ll also begin to see a bit more news content from Petri editors and writers. We won’t cut back on the detailed technical how-to content that has made the Petri IT Knowledgebase what it is today, but we will be adding some additional news and news analysis content to supplement what we already have.

Around the same time Paul started the SuperSite for Windows, someone else half a world away also started a new website from scratch and started writing about what he was passionate about. I’m referring to Daniel Petri, who started the Petri IT Knowledgebase in 1999 and was a driving force behind what you see on today. In an era when many traditional (and largely print-based) tech publishers are downsizing and shifting to new revenue models, I strongly believe that the approach embraced by Daniel and Paul — of being passionate about your work, engaging closely with your readers, being focused on serving the needs of your audience, and being small and agile enough to follow industry trends quickly — is a successful one.

So I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Paul to the Petri IT Knowledgebase. I’d encourage you to follow Paul on Twitter at @Thurrott, catch up on all his posts here on Petri (coming soon!), sign up for the Thurrott Daily email newsletter, and bookmark his new site at Welcome aboard, Paul!

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Paul Thurrott Joins the Petri IT Knowledgebase, Launches”

  1. I’m following Paul here on his new endeavor. As a result, I’ve now learned about The Petri IT Knowledgebase. I look forward to learning about the great team he’s spoken so highly of, and reading your content as I step away from Penton and support your collaboration. I’m sure it will be great for you and your readers, I amongst them.

    • Thanks for the kind words and checking out Petri, Elizabeth. We think Paul’s consumer and SMB focus overlaps nicely with the traditional Petri audience of IT administrators. It’s also great to be working with Paul again, as we worked together a few years back when I was at Windows IT Pro as well.

  2. I’ve been a fan of Paul’s writing for a while. He’s one of the few journalists I trust to be honest and open minded. This is my first time as well hearing about Petri and I look forward to reading more articles from your site.

    • Thanks Robert! Hope you enjoy the site, and please reach out if you have any comments/questions about Petri. You can follow me on Twitter at @jeffjames3, and the official Petri Twitter account at @petri_co_il.

      • He writes plenty of negative comments about Microsoft as well. He tends to be fairly positive about Apple and does use their products. He is negative about Google about their privacy policies and some of their business tactics. Surprised more people ignore those things because google gives them some free software. Don’t remember reading much negative stories about Sony. Samsung is mostly some jabs about them borrowing liberally from other OEMs, especially Apple. You really can’t deny that that Samsung became very successful with cellphone at the same time they started making phones that were very similar to the iphone. There phone may be different now, but they started out by copying designs and features.
        Paul is open minded because he will say a competing product is great and when a Microsoft product is garbage.

      • He also doesn’t always talk positively about Microsoft. He’s more positive about apple than I am. I hate apple, and never write anything positive about them if you read any of my comments (plus I just wrote a blog post on my own blog about why I think apple is ruining technology). So when it comes to all tech Paul is more open minded in my opinion.

        • I can’t agree I’m afraid.

          He just happens to prefer Windows to OS X/ Chrome/ Linux

          …Xbox to PlayStation

          …Windows Phone to Android / iOS

          …Sky Drive (or whatever it’s called this week) to Dropbox / Google Drive etc

          …Outlook to anything else

          …Office to anything else

          …Zune (!) to iPod

          ..Xbox Music to any other service


          • That’s his preferences, you have yours.

            I agree with Paul, Windows is better than the rest, Xbox is better than PlayStation, Windows Phone is better than Android and ios, Skydrive is better than the rest (for Windows users), I use Thunderbird for email, Zune was better than the ipod, I haven’t uses Xbox music premium so I’m not sure about that.

            Its a preference, what is he suppose to do like and say he likes other stuff? Come on get a grip.

            • Wow, there’s two of you…

              No arguing with you is there? If you can’t see how biased and blinkered he is then I give up. To say he is open minded is unbelievable.

  3. This is great new Paul!
    Glad to also see the new site. … interesting opportunities on the horizon for you. All good!
    Looking forward to more amusing insights here, there and on the Windows Weekly show, and GFQ too? Dang busy guy.

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