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Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense

In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices

Today's security suites try to protect all (or most) of your devices, and provide Web-based management. We examine how seven major applications compare in terms of features, ease of use and which devices they actually protect.

OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps

Now that Microsoft has made OneNote free for consumers, can it compete with the well-known Evernote? Preston Gralla offers his take on both.

Preston Gralla: With Comcast deal, say goodbye to the Internet as we've known it

With little or no competition, Comcast will have little reason to increase speed or lower the cost of broadband, or any impetus to preserve Net neutrality.

Preston Gralla: Patents don't equal innovation

Today, lawyers at times have as much influence as engineers, if not more, and patents are used to fend off competitors and to force them to pay licensing fees that can run to billions of dollars annually.

The votes are in: Which mobile data provider is best?

Computerworld asked readers to rate their mobile data providers on connection speed, reliability, customer service and more. We name the best and the worst services -- and throw in some fun facts about how people use their mobile data networks.

Preston Gralla: There's time to fix Net neutrality

Yes, the ruling is a disaster for advocates of a free and untrammeled Internet, but not quite an unmitigated one.

Preston Gralla: Can Amazon drones save the economy?

As the federal government abandons funding primary and applied research, companies like Google and Amazon can pick up the slack.

Dell Venue 8 Pro review: A Windows 8.1 tablet for the rest of us

Dell's new Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet offers users a fine display, good features and impressive audio -- at a reasonable price.

Preston Gralla: Apple still making it hard to think differently

Apple repeatedly bows to censorship demands in places like China.

How to boost Windows 8 performance

Want your Windows 8 machine to run faster? Of course you do. These tools and techniques can help.

Microsoft Surface 2 deep-dive review: Better hardware, but still with Windows RT

Microsoft has upgraded its Windows RT tablet: The new Surface 2 offers a well-built case, better performance, a great display and the same old operating system.

Preston Gralla: Why Ford's CEO is wrong for Microsoft

Alan Mulally is a savvy manager and a smart engineer. But Microsoft's big problem is vision, and that's where Mulally falls short.

Preston Gralla: Time to break up Microsoft? Not so fast

There are increasing calls for Microsoft to sell off Bing and walk away from mobile. Would those moves be good in the long term?

Preston Gralla: Why Bill Gates Can't Save Microsoft

CEO Ballmer and his predecessor shared a vision of how Microsoft could stay on top by focusing on Windows.

Preston Gralla: Microsoft has derailed for lack of an engineer in chief

The tech companies that have surged since Steve Ballmer took over at Microsoft from Bill Gates are headed by engineers.

Windows 8.1 deep-dive review: Well, it's a start

Although the preview of Windows 8.1 fixes some of the problems users complained about in the previous version of the OS, is it enough? We take a close look at Microsoft's update.

Preston Gralla: Microsoft's mobile corpse stirs with signs of life

The numbers Microsoft is posting in mobile aren't at the level it is accustomed to in areas like desktop operating systems and productivity suites. But they're on the rise.

Preston Gralla: Microsoft's smartwatch: Been there, didn't do that

Vendors are falling all over themselves to develop smartwatches. Will this be yet one more example of Microsoft getting to a market first and then failing to cash in?

Limiting the feds' snooping

Recent developments could portend the demise of National Security Letters, which allow the FBI to get private customer information without a judge's approval.

Author Bio

Preston Gralla Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld.com and the author of more than 45 books, including Windows 8 Hacks (O'Reilly, 2012).