First, a bit of history on MSJ, as taken from the MSJ archive at

Microsoft Systems Journal was the first programming publication from Microsoft. Predating the Windows operating system, MSJ covered MS-DOS internals beginning in 1986. It progressed to cover the workings of Windows so that programmers could write applications for the then-new operating system. MSJ saw the evolution from MS-DOS to Windows 1.0, all the way up to Windows 2000 before merging with Microsoft Internet Developer to form MSDN Magazine in March 2000.

Recently, we at MSDN Magazine were contacted by several readers concerned about some mail they had received (USPS, not email). The mail was from a publishing house offering subscriptions to MSJ. One of the readers helpfully faxed us over a copy of the mail, which I'm posting here for reference (I've removed the personal details from the image).


If you receive one of these offerings, do not send these people money! MSJ is no longer being published. If you're interested in subscribing to a top-notch publication and catching up on quality Microsoft development content, you should instead subscribe to MSDN Magazine.