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Year in Review: Neowin's top posts for 2013

For Neowin, 2013 has been another successful year for the site. With new content hitting our front page at a very consistent rate, our stories have generated more discussion and drawn in more views than the previous year.

As 2013 comes to an end, we always love to look back to see what our top stories were to help see what was trending for Neowin in 2013.

 Top posts for 2013 by number of views:

  1. Samsung tries to silence user whose S4 caught fire, it doesn't go over well – by @bdsams
  2. Anonymous Xbox engineer explains DRM & Microsoft's Xbox One intentions - by @bdsams
  3. It's cheaper to fly to the USA than buy Adobe CS6 in Australia - by @timschiesser
  4. Here is how to get the Windows 8.1 ISO and create a USB install stick – by @bdsams
  5. Need to activate Windows 8.1? Use your Windows 8 key – by @bdsams

Top posts for 2013 by number of comments:

  1. Start menu may return with Windows 'Threshold' update – by @bdsams
  2. Windows 8, why I love it - @andrewstevenson
  3. Let's hear it: Do you want a Start button in Windows 8.1? - by @stevenparker
  4. Apple has announced iOS 7, dramatically overhauls the interface – by @bdsams
  5. Sorry, Microsoft, but consumers just don't like you - by @andyweir

Top exclusive posts for 2013:

  1. Surface Pro 2: Haswell, more RAM and a 'refined' kickstand – by @bdsams
  2. Surface RT 2: Tegra 4, 1080P screen, and more – by @bdsams
  3. Power Cover: Microsoft's keyboard cover with a built-in battery – by @bdsams
  4. Surface Dock: The peripheral we have all been waiting for – by @bdsams
  5. Ballmer states that Windows is not selling well enough – by @bdsams

Top Reviews by number of view for 2013:

  1. Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 - by @timschiesser
  2. Review: Nokia Lumia 520 - by @timschiesser
  3. Review: Microsoft's Surface Pro - by @bdsams
  4. Review: Windows 8.1 - by @bdsams
  5. Cameras: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One - by @timschiesser

Top reviews by number of comments for 2013:

  1. Review: Microsoft's Surface Pro – by @bdsams
  2. Review: iPad Air - by @NathanLiu
  3. Review: Windows 8.1 – by @bdsams
  4. Member Reviews: Windows 8.1 Desktop lovers rejoice - by @stevenparker
  5. OS X Mavericks Review - by @NathanLiu

Top Microsoft news by number of views for 2013:

  1. Anonymous Xbox engineer explains DRM & Microsoft's Xbox One intentions – by @bdsams
  2. Here is how to get the Windows 8.1 ISO and create a USB install stick – by @bdsams
  3. Need to activate Windows 8.1? Use your Windows 8 key – by @bdsams
  4. Adobe, Apple and Microsoft facing IT pricing enquiry - by @timschiesser
  5. Windows 8.1 activation has been bypassed - by @vladdudau

Top Microsoft tagged news by number of comments for 2013:

  1. Start menu may return with Windows 'Threshold' update – by @bdsams
  2. Windows 8, why I love it - by @andrewstevenson
  3. Let's hear it: Do you want a Start button in Windows 8.1? - by @stevenparker
  4. Sorry, Microsoft, but consumers just don't like you - by @andyweir
  5. Did execs overrule Windows team to bring back the start button? - by @johncallaham

All of our overall top posts for the year achieved well over 100k hits which is a marked improvement from 2012 and most of that can be contributed to those posts hitting the front page of sites like Reddit and Hacker News. Additionally, our reviews and editorials did quite well this year too and they generated quite a bit of discussion in the comments section of the post..

What’s ahead for Neowin in 2014?

As with any new year, Neowin always likes to plan for incoming changes to the site and besides a focus on more original content, you will see a new design for the front page. While the design is still being finalized, we have no timeline for roll-out but know that in 2014, the Neowin front page will be refreshed and feature a responsive layout.

Our Microsoft coverage will be as comprehensive as ever and we will continue to sprinkle in relevant other content to keep our front page fresh and interesting. If you have any focal suggestions for 2013, let us know in the comments below or check out our forums too.

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I can't believe that those "...random pictures, babes or text" threads didn't make the list....not that I would want them too, but it's surprising.

Oops, you're right. I misread and thought this covered ALL areas.

I was surprised when I checked this, but if you extrapolate the number of views for Warwagon's SVCHOST thread to a year (it was started in September), it actually beats the random pictures thread by more than half a million views.

It's kne of the reasons I finally plucked up the courage to join.
His jokes aside, he, among a few others who also deserve special credit, did wonders for my sanity when I had trouble using xp.

Pretty much. Also, whenever there is an article on the latest Apple device, it normally gets filled with bickering and hate.

" With new content hitting our front page at a very consistent rate"

I'd say that's being a little humble!

Stuff hits the front page at a PHENOMINAL rate!! Almost hate having to go to bed. Might miss something!!

Neowin rocks! Keep it up!!

You should make a performance overview for the writers; number of news stories written versus the average views per article. John Callaham writes a lot, but can only be found once in the top listings..

Carbon Fiber said,
You should make a performance overview for the writers; number of news stories written versus the average views per article. John Callaham writes a lot, but can only be found once in the top listings..

but I like John. somebody has to do the non story stories that keep you entertained until the next big story.

Do we have this data? Yes. Do we share it? No. We have a boatload of metrics on our backend for performance but if we all sat around waiting for the next MS CEO to be announced, we would never write anything.

It's a give and take, you need to cover it all, even if it's not always exciting.

Well Microsoft had an extraordinary 2013, better than 2012. Hopefully we will see new products and releases on 2014. I am personally expecting Microsoft to release Windows Phone 8.1 in a few months to upgrade my Nokia 1520.

Likewise. The fine tuning of their Windows ecosystem is finally taking form and I can't wait to see what they bring to the table next year.