2013 has been an exciting year for Windows Phone. As Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market has grown, so has Windows Phone Central, as we now near 3 million unique visitors a month, making us by far the number one site for all Windows Phone news and information.

As such, we’re continuing to expand and refine how we do things. For instance, many of you asked us to re-cap app news on the weekend, which Sam Sabri has obliged you with. Likewise, we can’t ignore India and how much it matters to the Windows Phone ecosystem—so we’re addressing that too.

So. here’s what’s new at your favorite Windows Phone and Microsoft site.

Abhishek Baxi – You may not see it, but we get a lot of tips from India. Specifically from excited fans who are seeing more and more top-tier apps launching in that country for Windows Phone. Unfortunately, a lot of our writing team is either US or UK based, so it’s difficult for us to evaluate what is important and what is not. Luckily we have Abhishek, or just ‘Abby’ for short.

Abby is a freelance technology columnist who writes for Gizmodo, ZDNet and he used to work for Microsoft too. He now writes for us as well, taking on all the big news coming from India and bringing his expertise to our site…and you.

Follow Abby on Twitter @baxiabhishek and visit his personal website to learn more about him: baxiabhishek.info


Mark Guim – If you know Nokia, you should know Mark. Starting in 2006, Mark has run the popular site The Nokia Blog (thenokiablog.com), focusing on all things Nokia, including reviews, news and featuring his awesome videos, highlighting all the great things about the Finnish phone company.

Starting this week, Mark is now writing for us, bringing some of those engaging videos and his years of knowledge about Nokia to our site. We’ve known Mark for a while, running into him at various Nokia events and he seemed like a natural fit with our team.

Follow Mark on Twitter @markguim and check out his fantastic photos on Flickr.


Sam Sabri – Sam of course is not new to our site, having been with us for nearly one year now. However, because Sam has been so good at his job and this is all he wants to do, we’re excited to announce that he has recently been promoted to Managing Editor of Windows Phone Central and he has been full-time with us since last month. That means you can see him write more on the site, engaging with the community and in times of need, run the site when I can’t be around.

Follow Sam on Twitter @samsabri and on Instagram.

Still the best team around

Of course we still have our excellent UK squad, led by Rich Edmonds along with James Richardson (who’s ramping up with us as BlackBerry fades), our reviews editor George Ponder, our games guru Paul Acevedo, our new Microsoft correspondent (and Microsoft MVP) Michael Archambault and our fill-in writer Seth Brodeur.

In other words, we’re still growing and we’re still delivering the best news, rumors, breaking stories, reviews and tips around. We still have much more to do as we head into 2014, so stay tuned!