Getting ready for CES

And so here we are, at the end of another eventful 12 months. Looking just in-house here at Mobile Nations, we've seen a number of big changes this past year. We brought in a dedicated newsroom team to get you the news you want, faster than ever, WPCentral re-branded to reflect a renewed focus on the entire Microsoft/Windows ecosystem, people came and people left.

That last one is particularly fresh in the memory. Our friend and colleague, Sam Sabri, departed his post here as Managing Editor to board the 'Mothership' and work for Microsoft. Life is full of new opportunities, new challenges, and that's exactly what stands before me as I attempt to replace Sam as the new Managing Editor in these parts.

Anyone not so familiar, a little background. I've worked at Mobile Nations since August 2011 in that time spending at least some time on each site in the network. Ultimately I'm a technology enthusiast and I make it my business to use as much as I possibly can. I believe knowing 'the enemy' can always make you stronger.

I'm excited to be taking on a new path in my own career, and I'm excited to be joining the Windows Central crew full time with such a great year in prospect. With Windows 10 and the collision course that Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone are on, there's going to be a ton of awesome content coming your way in the next 12 months. It's surely going to be one hell of a ride we're about to take together.


That ride begins for us, as it does so many others in the industry, with CES 2015 which begins in just a week. Daniel Rubino, Mark Guim and myself will be representing Windows Central out in Las Vegas, and we'll be there all week alongside a big team of our Mobile Nations colleagues. Once again we'll be doing CESLive, pairing up with the fine people from GeekBeat as well as this year being joined by Purch (better known as Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag and now AnandTech.) Last year was big. This year is bigger. If you're going to be at the show, we'll be set up once again by the entrance in South Hall, so make sure to swing by!

It's also a bit of a crapshoot when it comes to anything new with Windows. Microsoft doesn't do a lot at CES outside of meetings and smaller press briefings, and with the Windows 10 event in Redmond less than 3 weeks later, we wouldn't expect to hear anything big, either. Same goes for Windows Phone.

But, Windows devices will certainly be in Las Vegas. CES won't be short on laptops and tablets, and with the likes of Dell, Lenovo and ASUS on hand, we wouldn't be surprised to see some hot new Windows 8.1 products.

So, that's what's in store in the immediate future. We'll be descending on Las Vegas from Saturday, January 3. I'm excited for CES, but I'm more excited for the year ahead. We'll be continuing to ramp up on our coverage of Windows 8.1 into Windows 10 as well as Xbox. We've got a great team and I'm really happy to have become just a little part of it.

But before it all, from myself and the rest of the Windows Central team, may we wish you a very happy new year. See you in Las Vegas.