Celebrating a year of WinRumors

By Tom Warren, on 24th Oct 11 12:12 pm with 81 Comments

WinRumors celebrates its first birthday this week.

I launched WinRumors to the public on Sunday October 24 stating that “I hope the blog will be informative, up-to-date with Microsoft news and rumors, and prove helpful to debunk some of the crazy and not so crazy Microsoft rumors.” A year later and the site has grown into a hub of Microsoft related activity alongside an impressive and loyal readership. WinRumors now averages nearly 4 million monthly page views across the world with regular engagement and commentary on the latest Microsoft rumors and news.

The site has seen some changes over the year too. A tablet version of WinRumors, named Metro, saw its public outing on August 31 and a Metro desktop version launched shortly afterward. We have also done a lot of work to address the load time of WinRumors, putting content at the forefront of the experience. There’s also a WinRumors Windows Phone 7 app and a mobile web version for all your browsing needs.

It has been a fun and eventful year and I have been left surprised at the growth of the site and the amazing, insightful and diverse amount of readers across the world. Over the next year I have plans to bring on additional writers and grow the site in new ways to ensure everything Microsoft is covered as soon as it breaks and in great detail. It has been a tough year doing it largely alone but it’s rewarding to read the feedback through the contact form or the hundreds of comments on articles every week. Thank you so much for reading along over the year and here’s to the next.

If you have a few minutes, please take the time to fill out this reader survey to improve WinRumors for the next year.

  • steve

    Cheers Tom! Keep up the good work.

  • http://twitter.com/jbuchan19 Jonathan Buchan

    Happy birthday guys, really gd blog you have made

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Good work Tom, glad to be a reader for the whole year.

  • Jordnedwards

    fifty five points by michael jordan !

  • http://www.ithinkdiff.com Imran Hussain

    Congrats Tom! Been following WinRumors since it’s inception and you’ve really worked hard and the following and good feedback is well deservered!

    • MSfan

      Congrats Tom, it has been fun!

  • http://twitter.com/datisdesign Farshad Zolfaghari

    Happy Birthday :) Wish you all the best !

  • http://www.mattbrian.com Matt

    Congratulations Tom, it’s been a hell of a year. Great coverage, I look forward to seeing what’s coming.

  • Impartial

    Awesome work Tom, confratulations!

  • http://twitter.com/jacksonlcg Jackson Loh

    Great site!

  • http://www.oddpattern.com OddPattern

    Congratulations on having such a successful first year and what makes it all better is that you managed to do it all by yourself.
    Good luck for the next year!

  • s b k

    Good job Tom keep up the good work. 

  • Mina

    Best ever Windows news site. I always come here first, several times a day!

  • http://twitter.com/goofbox Ramanan

    amazing work Tom!! :) keep it going!! :D 

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    Only a year? Thank goodness. I thought I had been missing out on this site for years before I discovered it.

    • Emanuel Diaz

      Same here :-)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    I thought the site was years old.  Well done.  Also, had no idea there was a WP7 app…. oooops!

  • sokheang

    Keep it up…. :) Love the site…. :)

  • http://twitter.com/DavidElroyGreen Antonio Raga

    Happy birthday!

  • montenegrian

    Tom, really great site about news and informatons about Microsoft/Windows! Happy first birthday :) I have some concepts about page that I wanted to create but I cant do that alone so I just leave that idea. I can send you that via mail.. If you want, please reply to my comment here

    Once again, Hppy B-Day :D

  • http://twitter.com/Paryy Paryawan Sumantri

    Happy birthday winrumors… being a fanatic reader since day one. Wish it has milestones yet to discover. 

  • Aby

    Congratulations Tom!

  • Tech Geek and More

    Hey Tom – Happy Birthday and Congrats on the 1st yr.

  • rojo

    It’s my birthday too!
    I love this site. It has become my first site to check everyday. Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.krishnanblr.com Shivaram Krishnan

    Congrats! Happy Birthday!

  • http://twitter.com/ParkerReno Parker Ciambrone

    Congratulations!  Keep up the good work (I visit this site many times on a regular day and prefer it for most of my Microsoft related news)

  • Ian Ross

    Congratulation guys and Happy Birthday to you  :-)

  • http://superaca.com Suharsya

    how did you manage to get close to people from microsoft?

  • Anonymous

    HBDDDDDDDDDDDD! Best site :)

  • Anonymous

    Wow Tom it’s amazing that you have accomplish in one year what many have lasted years trying to do. But let me ask you something, what’s your secret? Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678662470 Vincent Haakmat

    Congrats Tom and crew.. Your site is the side-dish to my morning coffee.. Keep up the good work!!

  • http://twitter.com/OldCongress Gamer

    The one man reporting Microsoft’s news!

  • Anonymous

    I still can’t believe it’s been just one year. you are doing  great job.

  • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

    please get rid of that annoying sound effect on videos, shall we?

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Ha yes I will do that soon actually. Gotta find a good free alternative. Any suggestions ;)?

    • Guest2009

      I actually like the intro sound… but that’s just me I guess :P

  • http://twitter.com/rob7falcon rob falcon

    Tom, read you every day and you do a great job…..congratulations!

  • http://twitter.com/ankz_upadhyay Ankit Upadhyay

    Well done Tom and team here; this is my first stop for getting any microsoft news. Keep up the good work !!!

  • Leo

    Congrats! WinRumors already is my favorite site about Microsoft. Great Job!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Winrumors. Keep up the good work! :-)

  • Tuxplorer

    Congratulations Tom. I have been visiting this site since day one. When you left alone, I didn’t believe you could do so much all by yourself. But you have definitely managed to replace Neowin as the no. 1 source of Microsoft news online.

    I have one request. ALWAYS keep WinRumors Microsoft-only. Neowin has become poor by trying to cover too much news on various topics. Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on a job well done so far; keep it up.

    I only started visiting this site a few months away and I most say I like it.

  • http://twitter.com/ritesh24 ritesh ranjan

    Congrats Tom! best place to get all microsoft news

  • notePAD

    Congrats, Tom & winrumours. Very informative. Keep up the good work for windows!

  • ShunShul

    Rock On!

  • Tyler

    Happy Birthday WinRumors.  I keep this site open all day long.  I check it before going to bed at night and first thing in the morning. 

  • Nick Chapin

    I only discovered this website a couple of months ago and I must say that I am really impressed. This has become one of my favorite websites to visit. Keep up the good work Tom.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.bundgaard Thomas Bundgaard

      Indeed. I have only recently begun reading this site, but it’s already becoming a favorite.

  • Kulwinder Singh

    Congratulations Tom

  • http://thommck.wordpress.com Thom McKiernan

    Can’t believe it’s already been a year!
    You wouldn’t think there would be space for ANOTHER Windows blog on the internet but Tom’s dedication has really paid off. This is one of about 3 Windows blog’s that I read & trust daily. Still can’t figure out how he gets breaking, original articles online before anyone else!

  • http://blog.levifreeman.com Levi Freeman

    I am also a visitor to this site several times a day. One of my favourite sites, wouldnt go a day without visiting this site.

  • Bigsby

    Good work. For what it’s worth, it’s my primary feed. Keep it going.

  • Guest2009

    I’ve been a regular visitor since early 2011, great job with this site Tom! I even got a shortcut on my taskbar :P

  • Anonymous

    Great site!  Congrats!  I check it daily. 

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

    The clean design and excellent writing are what keep bringing me back and back.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NZRPL7DK7DFQQO44J5TM4PQLGU Harvey

    Great work Tom!

  • Sydney

    it is the site the day can’t pass without visiting it I really enjoy checking what is happening within microsoft world. thanks tom

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Happy Birthday Winrumors. Its been a wonderful site for all things Microsoft

  • Anonymous

    thanks Tom for your coverage. i started looking for some source after buying my WP7. i check your site several time a day :d

  • Guest

    How can I get Metro theme of WinRumors to PC

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Tom! Thanks for all your hard work. 

  • Wiiiiiiiii

    It has already been a year ? lol time passes so quickly , just get rid of that terrible sound on the start of your videos =D

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Tom! Coincidently it’s also my birthday today, so I’ll have a drink on you and your blog :D

  • Guest

    Congratulation Tom. Outside of the trolls, this is one of the best sites on the web for following MS-related events.

  • john

    Great site Tom, I switched to Winrumors after Neowin began covering Apple and Google religiously. 

  • Anonymous

    Great site, easily the nicest looking tech blog on the internet!

    • Guest

      Of the 50 or more troll aliases that regularly frequent this site, congrats on being the only one to bother praising Tom for his effort here.

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s the Metro-style layout that’s so appealing. The navigation bar at the top looks almost identical to the new XBox Dashboard.

  • Edward Mccallum

    Honestly this is the first site I go to when I turn on my computer :) I dont know if that’s wierd but ya

  • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

    Congratulations Tom, I am glad I got Engadget out of my system. We need your site to balance up what we are missing from the fanboys sites that call themselves journalists.

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday WinRumors. Congrats, Tom. I wish you all the best and many, many happy years in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Great site, good info, and the latest site design is pure WIN.  One of the best looking sites around.  Well done and hope you’re around a long time.

  • http://twitter.com/teusje teusje

    Congratz and I have to say thank you again WinRumors for the phone! Tom is a man of his word!

  • RommelS

    Congrats and Happy Birthday Winrumors (Tom)!

  • Jorge1

    Congrats! This is a great blog, and it is getting more and more popular everyday.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday! This is my favourite tech site, keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous

    congrats Tom, unbelievable feat, i never thought its a new site….you should be very proud of… 

  • http://twitter.com/cendol_gan Rey..Rey..Reynaldi

    congratulation, winrumors become yet another tech blog alternative to me, good job ;)
    -salute from Indonesia

  • Wourelia

    Congratulations Tom!
    Now I need news in the weekend, I always get withdrawal symptoms.

  • http://twitter.com/AKICKTOTHEEYE AKICKTOTHEEYE

    Well done Tom. Congrats & Thank You :) I’ve visit at least once everyday. 

  • BigChiefSmokem

    Here’s to many more! Cheers!