Preston Gralla

Contributing Editor

Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana

Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to really take advantage of it.

Is Microsoft crazy to diss Office 2019? Like a fox.

Is Microsoft crazy to diss Office 2019? Like a fox.

The company wants you to give up your perpetual license so it can rake in perpetual income.

Excel 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet

Excel 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet

Get to know the key features in Microsoft Excel 2016 and Excel 2019 for Windows.

Why Windows may never get another killer feature

Why Windows may never get another killer feature

It’s a combination of things, but mostly it’s a shift in focus.

How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel

How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel

Individual users and IT administrators alike are confused by the options Microsoft offers for Windows 10 updates. Here’s help choosing the best update method for yourself or your business.

Windows 10 quick tips: 12 ways to speed up your PC

Windows 10 quick tips: 12 ways to speed up your PC

If you want to speed up Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips. Your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

The tech world’s best CEO? Microsoft’s Nadella, hands down.

The tech world’s best CEO? Microsoft’s Nadella, hands down.

Others have gotten more glory — and have tripped recently.

Windows 10 quick tips: How to share a single PC

Windows 10 quick tips: How to share a single PC

Have employees or temporary workers who need to share a Windows 10 computer? No problem — here's how to do it.

How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you should

How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you should

Just because Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser doesn’t mean you have to. Here’s how to make Chrome, Firefox or another your primary browser in Windows 10.

Review: Office 2019 is the best advertisement yet for Office 365

Review: Office 2019 is the best advertisement yet for Office 365

By raising prices and keeping key features out of Office 2019, Microsoft is telegraphing its desire to move its entire user base to Office 365.

Outlook 2016 cheat sheet

Outlook 2016 cheat sheet

Are you getting the most from Outlook 2016 for Windows? Learn about the key features in Microsoft’s email and calendaring client.

Will Cortana go the way of Windows Phone?

Will Cortana go the way of Windows Phone?

The signs all suggest that Microsoft is going to cut its losses in the digital assistant market. Smart move.

Review: Windows 10 October 2018 Update delivers modest but useful tweaks

Review: Windows 10 October 2018 Update delivers modest but useful tweaks

Microsoft pulled the feature with the biggest “wow” factor from version 1809, but there are some hidden gems in this release.

Should Microsoft help the Pentagon ‘increase lethality’?

Should Microsoft help the Pentagon ‘increase lethality’?

Selling its AI and cloud expertise for use in Project JEDI might be patriotic — or a violation of its stated principles.

PowerPoint 2016 cheat sheet

PowerPoint 2016 cheat sheet

Are you getting the most from PowerPoint 2016 for Windows? Learn about the key features in Microsoft’s powerful presentation app.

Why Chromebooks are a bigger threat to Microsoft than you know

Why Chromebooks are a bigger threat to Microsoft than you know

Google is somewhat stealthily winning mind share with youths.

A new phone-like device from Redmond? Why, Microsoft, why?

A new phone-like device from Redmond? Why, Microsoft, why?

Microsoft’s smartphone failures have been spectacularly costly. Could it really be planning to give it another go?

How Microsoft became tech’s good guy

How Microsoft became tech’s good guy

Even if it’s doing so out of self-interest, the company has been acting as a force for good.

How to handle Windows 10 updates

How to handle Windows 10 updates

Step 1: Understand that there are updates, and then there are updates.

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