We bid farewell to our Managing Editor, Sam Sabri

We say goodbye and give thanks to Sam Sabri as he heads off to his next adventure!

The season for change is upon us as we approach 2015 and New Years. Some of it is good, some of it is sad. For the last two years, Sam Sabri has been on my right-hand side, helping the Windows Central site grow into one of the largest Microsoft sites on the planet. He is also a good friend. It is with this sentiment that it saddens me to announce his departure from the Windows Central team.

As it turns out though, this is actually a joyous occasion too. Although we are losing an esteemed member of our staff, Sam had an opportunity that he just could not pass up. We jokingly refer to it as 'getting called to mothership' but in reality, it means he is going to work for Microsoft.

To say that we are proud of Sam is an understatement. We certainly respect his decision and couldn't be happier for him and his future at Microsoft!

Myself (L) and Sam (R) in Abu Dhabi for the last Nokia World, 2013

Sam has been a vital energy on the site, bringing new perspectives to our writing, coming up with ideas and connecting with developers and enthusiasts around the globe. I teasingly referred to him as my social secretary as he helped keep me stay organized at events, often getting me to go and meet with people instead of hiding out in my hotel. Sam always made covering stressful show fun. We shared a common sense of humor and sarcasm that is hard to replace. Sam made up for many of my flaws as an editor, which is why it is tough to say goodbye.

Sam's contributions to the site have been innumerable, including a lot of behind the scene things that often go without public credit. He is certainly one of the most well-known writers on our site, bringing some much-needed personality to a job where the writers are often overlooked as individuals. I first recognized Sam had the chops for this job when my mother – who rarely follows tech or reads the site daily – commented how she liked reading his articles. I then knew he was going to be a vital member of this endeavor to build the best Windows Phone – and now Windows – site around.

Sam and myself at Build, 2014 Image credit: Mark Guim

Windows Central has never lost a writer that will be missed as much as Sam Sabri and we wish him nothing but the best at Microsoft. Thanks, Sam, for all that you have done for us!

Now go get 'em!

Make sure to read Sam Sabri's goodbye and final post here!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • You all are amazing. Thank you for everything!
  • Thanks again, Sam for all the fun and memories. Couldn't have done it without you!
  • :)
  • What a perfect place for you.. you can whip those retail folks into shape. Maybe some electric shocks for each time they put a WP on display at the back of the store :)
  • This!! ^^^
  • Hope so. Everything looks good on paper until you hit a process.
  • Bye Sam.
  • No, Sam, we'll miss you! :(
    But we're counting on you to increase Windows Phone's market share! ;)
  • This! ^^^^
  • As soon as you join in Microsoft please share us windows phone 10 concepts :)
  • Congrats Sam. Continue to be successful.
  • Sam's leaving you alone to deal with me..... Now, the fun starts :-X
  • You are not that much to deal with. Carry on. ;)
  • "Now the fun starts" lol.
    After seeing these pictures of Sam I realized that I always thought he was much thinner.......
    He should fit in perfectly at MS.. :-):-):-):-)
  • @rodneyej:
    "After seeing these pictures of Sam I realized that I always thought he was much thinner..."
    Same here. That's probably because his profile pic was from his college freshman year. ^.^
    Can wet get a new shout-out from the ladies that marveled his hotness? ;-)
  • Same thought that he appears thinner but he's not... Which is more hot!!! :)
    Goodbye Sam!!
  • Lol! Funny.
  • Haven't you heard? Daniel will be taking Sam's place and I'll be the new Editor-in-Chief. Your nightmare is about to begin with me in charge, Rod. ;D     (Can you imagine if the above actually happened? People would go berserk quicker than a brute in Assassins Creed lol)
  • Yes!!!!❗ ... You would rename it Symbian Central..
  • Well...there's already an Android Central, I don't have much choice XD (Btw, as it's "Windows Central" and not "Windows Phone Central" anymore, there's no real problem. Windows is still my undisputed OS of choice for PC and work tablets. Just not on phone ;P)
  • Buahaha...I was laughing and trying to upvote your comment and i accidentally reported it..! :O the button is right next to it..! :O sorry bro :P
  • Lol❗ He would...:-):-):-):-):-):-)
  • Hahaha good one
  • Lol❗
  • I see, I see......
  • Windows Central without Sam... is like Microsoft without the Kin. lol
  • Lol.... That's wrong...
    Sam is cool, though.. Definitely one of my favorites.
  • @cybersaurusrex:
    That was very mean...
    Even for a sarcastic comment.
  • @cybersaurusrex it's more like MS without the Zune. Because Zune (hardware & software) was awesome, regardless of what iPod addicted haters felt about it.
  • Sam Sabri should have a word before leaving...
  • Good luck Sam. We are successful in planting a mole ;)
  • Hahaha! Ya Sam we want all the insiders info from MSFT, as fast as they come! And you are our man!!!!
  • XDDD And now we will take over the world! MUWAHAHAHAHA! *rubs hands together diabolically*
  • Haha, Moley Moley moley
  • I see.... All part of Daniels plan.... Shhhhhhhh.
  • Hahahaha! Exactly! You go Sam!
  • Awesome Sam! Congrats!! We will miss you!
  • What will you be doing at Microsoft? As a former 'softie who misses it incredibly, I can tell you you're in for a fun ride. Lots of great people, great perks and benefits, and just a great place to be. Enjoy!
  • @jcutting:
    They just hired a new "Forgot my prototype-smartphone in a crowded Seattle bar"-guy.
    Oh wait, that was the competition...
  • Hey same what are you gonna do at Microsoft? Besides leak us Lumia news :P
  • Same
  • Whoops just realized that now.... Dunno how that slipped.
  • Sam, Same, all the Sam... I mean same...
  • Wuahahaha! You're funnier than I imagined! Reading all these comments down the page gets me a stomach ache xD
  • You are❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗
  • Really?! Thanks! Will take that as an appreciation ^_^
    BTW, it's already Christmas over here, so jingle bells in advance, there!
  • Congrats Sam.. :) If you don't mind! What's your job title at Microsoft?
  • Lead custodian in janitorial services lol
  • Now I know why you were going to buy that Mercedes! Don't be a stranger once you go away. I wont be able to joke anymore on front page without being told off :(
  • WCentral is now planting moles directly into Microsoft ahah good luck Sam!
  • Congratulations!!!! Hope you have an awesome time at Microsoft
  • WOW Man! We wish you the best of success in your new stage in life!
  • Good luck at MSFT
  • Good luck on your next adventure! Can't wait to see what you do at Microsoft!
  • Xbox an windows phone, all day everyday... see you around man.. don't be a stranger
  • Congrats Sam. Mind telling us what will you be doing at Microsoft?
  • Definitely my favorite writer on Windows Central... OK, maybe the only one I like. You will be missed.
  • Best wishes Sam! WPC/WC and MS are very lucky.
  • Best of luck! Loved your work.
  • Sam thank you for the exceptional work you have done. Continue to do well and help make Microsoft the company we love; the best in the market.
  • Congratulations Sam at moving to Microsoft! I can honestly say that almost any job there would be my dream job. Can you say what you're going to do there?
  • Best of luck, Sam. You will be missed.
  • Congrats, Sam. Do us all proud!
  • My god.... my favorite
    Writer on the site going to miss your presence over here on Windows central wish u all the luck in life and your future endeavors
  • Thanks for working so hard on this site over the years. Take care, and good luck in your new job!
  • Good bye Sam and thanks for the fun times we had with in the comments section, you wil def be missed. Now keep doing what you can do best, being awesome! :)
  • Good luck Sam!
  • My horse and shield are ready. I'll meet you in the field ;D
  • Sam you are such an astute and enthusiastic Microsoft follower which was conspicuously evident in all your writings and you rightly deserve to work for Microsoft. I am very jealous even as I'm happy for you. Congratulations bro.
  • Sam Your The Best!! :D
  • I'll miss you Sam. Your humor is the best and it was always a pleasure to read your articles. Best wishes in your future endeavors. :-)
  • It's a sad day for Windows Central but I know you will do great in your new gig, Sam :)
  • You'll be missed Sam. Good luck in your new endeavors!
  • Hey Sam, thanks for the great reads, you, I am sure have positively affected more people with your writing than is measurable including me personally so best of luck for the future!! Be sure to keep those insider tips coming though from HQ :)
  • Best wishes on your future endeavors. Hopefully we will see you around every once in awhile.
  • Good luck with your job at Microsoft, Sam. You and Daniel are my favorite writers on this site, and while it's sad to see you go, working at MS is something that only comes once in a lifetime. Good luck man. ​
  • Best of luck in your new endeavors, Sam! Then again. Windows Central NEEDS to have someone else take over ICYMI and What to Listen/Watch.
  • Thanks and bye Sam..!! Make a boom at Microsoft too..Hope ye leak some nice info from time to time..!!
  • You were one of my favorite's here on WC. Good luck at Microsoft!
  • We will Miss you Sam .... ^_*
  • Thank you for everything Sam, wish you good luck and lots of success at MS. P.S. Now be our voice to Microsoft, Let's take Windows Phone up to where it belongs ... To The TOP! :)
  • Goodbye and good luck!! :'( :)
  • Thanks Sam, for all the fun on our group chat, and everything else at Windows Central! But I still hate you for getting me addicted to Fail Army on YouTube.
  • Goodbye and good luck! I enjoyed your articles here on wpcentral.
  • Sam, welcome to the team!  Can't wait to have you join us in Redmond as part of the ExpertZone crew!
  • It's Ben!
  • Sam in ExpertZone crew! That sounds uber cool!! Hope you will be able blog still and wcentral can say source Sam's msdn blog or something :)
  • I'm sad you stole him away from us Ben! But nonetheless we are proud of him and I'm sure he'll be a great asset to your team!
  • You take care of him over there!