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Over the last 15 years, this site has gone through many transitions from names (e.g., WMExperts, Windows Phone Central) to significant site redesigns.

Today is another one of those days. Although we're not changing the name, thankfully, you may have noticed this morning that the site has an all-new look. The layout aligns with other sites owned by Future PLC (our parent company) and is also more optimized for web and mobile traffic.

Of course, like any transition, there are bumps and issues along the way during the migration process. We're working on these fixes behind the scenes over the coming weeks, including fixing layout quirks (both on PC and mobile).

To better summarize in a tl:dr way questions you may have about the redesign.

Why the site redesign?​

In short, the old site (including our backend editor) was getting too dated to keep up with emerging web technologies. In addition, all sites owned by Future PLC are eventually going to be on the same system to ensure servicing and compatibility needs and make management more effortless. Heck, we now even have a live blogging system for whenever we start doing live events again!

The new site looks boring.​

We're sorry you feel that way. We're hoping that the cleaner, more streamlined look (including faster load times, especially on mobile) will outweigh having a custom-designed site and layout. We will continue to push our overlords for more customization and design choices in the coming months.
 

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Yes, it's very sad that all Future PLC websites are going to look the same.
They are recommending an extension for the dark mode:
Will there be a dark mode?

Unfortunately, no. This feature is something the Windows Central staff wants, but it doesn't look like it will happen.

The good news is you can use a browser extension like Dark Reader or Night Eye to force it (it looks terrific!). Our advice: If using Dark Reader, under Site List, choose to use "Invert Listed Only," and add windowscentral.com so only our site runs in forced dark mode.