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Home to the most loyal and passionate Microsoft fans, Windows Central is the next generation destination for news, reviews, advice and buying recommendations on the Windows, PC and Xbox ecosystems, products, and accessories. We've been around for more than decade, and we take our jobs seriously. Windows Central writers and editors value accuracy and editorial independence in everything we do, never receiving compensation for coverage and never pulling punches.

Windows Central Staff

Zac Bowden, Senior Editor, Windows Ecosystem

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Zac joined the Windows Central team in 2016, and his primary objective is to bring you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, and more. He started out writing about leaked Windows 8 builds back in 2011, which eventually led to creating a popular "build walkthrough" video series on YouTube that explored upcoming features Microsoft had yet to announce.

He's also an avid collector of rare devices, as well as unreleased or canceled prototype devices from Microsoft. He's one of few people in the world who owns a Surface table in his home, uses a Surface Mini for note-taking, and at one point had a Lumia McLaren and Microsoft Band 3 on the go as his daily phone and smartwatch.

- Read: Zac's posts
- Twitter: @zacbowden
- Instagram: @zacbowden
- Email: zac.bowden@futurenet.com

Zachary Boddy, Staff Writer, Tech and Gaming

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Zachary (They / Them) started their first professional writing career at Windows Central (with periodic appearances at Android Central and iMore) in 2019 and is proud to be a part of such an excellent team. Zachary primarily writes gaming news, guides, and reviews, but they're not afraid to expand beyond their normal duties to cover all things Microsoft, Xbox, and tech. They're also the Windows Central resident "Minecraft Expert."

When Zachary isn't writing for Windows Central, they're listening to music, reading books, and playing video games. Zachary usually prefers to play on Xbox, and you can find them at "DeadWords4."

Rebecca Spear, Section Editor, Tech and Gaming

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Self-professed geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's gaming editors with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest titles on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of game guides, previews, interviews, features, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. Drawing tablets and drawing programs like Adobe Fresco and Photoshop are among her chief interests. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).

When away from electronics, she loves taking her corgi, Penny, out to the river to go swimming and is always up for a game of volleyball. Otherwise, you'll most often find her curled up with a fantasy or sci-fi novel as her cats purr on her lap. She also loves attending comic conventions while cosplaying as her favorite video game characters. Her house is filled with gaming collectibles and posters and she's always on the lookout for more. 

Jez Corden, Managing Editor, News and Gaming

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Jez joined Windows Central in 2015 as we sought to further expand our Xbox offering. A keen Lumia and Surface user, Jez discovered the benefits of the Microsoft ecosystem via Xbox, which has gradually moved into convergence under the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform. 

When Jez isn't writing about games, he's most likely playing them on Xbox. His favorite Xbox franchises include Mass Effect, The Witcher, Warcraft, Resident Evil, Battlefield, and Deus Ex, with a side order of Overwatch. Say hi to Jez on Xbox Live: Jez. 

- Read: Jez's posts
- Twitter: @JezCorden
- Email: jez.corden@futurenet.com

Sean Endicott, News Writer & Apps Editor

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Sean started contributing to Windows Central in 2017 as an app specialist. He's since joined the team full-time. Today he focuses on all things news in the world of Microsoft. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or affects our audience, he's on it, along with the rest of the news team. Sean still reviews apps between his news coverage.

When he's not covering news or writing about the latest tech, Sean is an avid American football fan. He coaches several teams in Nottingham, England, and even uses Microsoft Teams to share his playbook and study game film.

- Read: Sean's posts

- Twitter: @Sean_Michael_UK

- Email: sean.endicott@futurenet.com

Daniel Rubino, Editor in Chief

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Daniel Rubino is the Editor in Chief of Windows Central. He has been writing about Microsoft since 2007, when the site first launched under WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). In 2010, he took over duties as Editor-in-Chief, moved to Executive Editor in 2020, and returned to Editor in Chief in 2022. In addition, he manages the staff, directs content, and is a YouTube personality, head reviewer, analyst, and podcast co-host.

Before working on Windows Central, Daniel was a polysomnographer at Weill-Cornell Medical College and NY Presbyterian in New York City, a movie theater projectionist for 17 years, Emergency Medical Technician in Connecticut, and was studying for a Ph.D. in linguistics in the neurology of language. In addition, he has studied at Sienna College, the University of Connecticut, Boston University, and the CUNY Graduate Center with political science and linguistics degrees.

- Read: Daniel's posts

- Twitter: @daniel_rubino

- Mastodon: @daniel_rubino@newsie.social

- Web: www.danielrubino.com

- Instagram: @daniel_rubino

- LinkedIn: danielrubino1

- Email: daniel.rubino@futurenet.com

Ben Wilson, Channel Editor, Tech

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Ben Wilson is the channel editor for all things tech, including desktop PCs, the components inside, and any accessory worth connecting. He started writing as a hobby alongside a career in electronics retail before pursuing his passion in a full-time freelance writing position for Future. In 2021, he joined Windows Central as a permanent staff member to expand his coverage to everything you can use on a Windows PC and beyond.

Spending over a decade in electronic storefronts making recommendations and helping with troubleshooting helped broaden his knowledge alongside an everlasting interest in cutting-edge technology from a young age. You'll find him obsessing over Valve's Steam Deck handheld, finding the perfect settings to play his all-time favorite games, including Streets of Rage, Max Payne, and Grand Theft Auto.

- Read: Ben's posts

- Twitter: @therealzomb

- Mastodon: mastodon.online/@trzomb

- Web: beadyvoice.co.uk

- LinkedIn: benwilsontech

- Email: ben.wilson@windowscentral.com

Cale Hunt, Staff Writer, Tech

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Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.

Cale has published hundreds of reviews on Windows Central, and he has a clear understanding of what separates worthwhile products from those that are best avoided.

This allows him to efficiently curate buying guides and product advice, giving readers a no-nonsense look at the options that will best suit their needs.

When he isn’t in his office writing, tinkering with tech, or gaming, Cale enjoys playing acoustic guitar (he’s a sucker for Bluegrass music), reading novels, tending the garden, and providing his two cats some much-needed attention.

Windows Central Contributors

Alexander Cope, Contributor, Gaming

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Alexander Cope has written for Windows Central and iMore since 2020. His main focus is writing guides, previews, editorials, and reviews to help _you_ make the right choice when purchasing and playing video games.

When Alexander isn't working, he plays video games and watches anime. His favorite franchises include Monster Hunter, Final Fantasy, Mass Effect, and Dragon Quest, Mario, Metroid, Spyro, Psychonauts, and many more.

- Read: Alexander's posts

Mauro Huculak, Contributor, Windows Guides

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Mauro's primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows and its many related technologies. He's been writing for Windows Central since 2015. He has an IT background and is a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community for many years.

When Mauro isn't typing a new tutorial, he's always trying to learn something new to share with YOU.

- Read: Mauro's posts

- Twitter: @pureinfotech

Brendan Lowry, Contributor, Gaming & Laptops

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Brendan is an Oakland University graduate that joined the Windows Central team in 2017 on a mission to write about all things tech, with a strong focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You'll find him banging out reviews, guides, editorials, and more. Additionally, Brendan proudly serves as Windows Central's resident Halo specialist, covering Xbox's flagship franchise from a multitude of different angles. Some of Brendan's other favorites include Elden Ring, Destiny 2, NieR: Automata, and Valheim.

When he isn't working, Brendan is likely playing games, reading a good book, or checking out a new movie or TV show. There's also a solid chance he's toiling away trying to mod Skyrim into the perfect open world RPG.

- Read: Brendan's posts

- Twitter: @BrendanLorLowry

Samuel Tolbert, Contributor, Gaming

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Samuel started working for Windows Central and its sister sites in July 2019. While he primarily handles news, guides, previews, reviews, and editorials, he also does original reporting.

If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. While it’s probably easier to point out the genres he doesn’t enjoy, he has a particular interest in real-time strategy, role-playing games, and big-budget horror titles.

- Read: Samuel's posts

- Twitter: @SamuelTolbert

Jennifer Young, Contributor, Gaming

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Jen is a contributor to all things gaming at Windows Central, whether that be news, reviews, or just finding the best deals for our readers. Jen’s writing experience spans from working for a UK parenting forum, a dodgy Blogspot beauty blog, and allegedly some trolling back in the days of MSN Groups.

Her main platform of choice is Xbox, but she will play anywhere she can shake a sword or shoot a crossbow. Favorite games are Diablo, Dragon Age, Monster Hunter and Dark Souls and generally anything where you can stick a pointy stick in a demon. When not playing games, she'll be found watching horror or scrolling Henry Cavill’s Instagram account.

- Read: Jen’s posts

- Twitter: @Jenbox360

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