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.

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

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

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

Forget Windows; Microsoft is now all about the cloud

Forget Windows; Microsoft is now all about the cloud

The OS is no longer the heart and soul of the company, and Microsoft knows it.

Windows 10 cheat sheet

Windows 10 cheat sheet

Get to know the interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system. (Now updated for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.)

Review: Windows 10 April 2018 Update shows promise, but ultimately disappoints

Review: Windows 10 April 2018 Update shows promise, but ultimately disappoints

Much-vaunted features such as Timeline and the Diagnostic Data Viewer sound highly useful in theory but come up short in the new Windows 10 release.

Word 2016 cheat sheet

Word 2016 cheat sheet

Are you getting the most from Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows? Get to know the key features.

Microsoft wants you on Edge, even if it has to trick you

Microsoft wants you on Edge, even if it has to trick you

Stealthily getting users to use its browser is ill-advised. Why not just make the thing better?

Excel 2016 cheat sheet

Excel 2016 cheat sheet

Are you getting the most from Microsoft Excel 2016? Get to know the key new features.

Microsoft PowerPoint vs. Google Slides: Which works better for business?

Microsoft PowerPoint vs. Google Slides: Which works better for business?

PowerPoint has long been the tool of choice for creating business presentations, but Google Slides is worth a second look. We compare their strengths and weaknesses.

Microsoft’s Cortana speaker will go the way of the Zune

Microsoft’s Cortana speaker will go the way of the Zune

The what, you say? Exactly!

Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind.

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 Microsoft can win the upcoming collaboration wars

How Microsoft can win the upcoming collaboration wars

Its product lineup is confusing at best, but it could still come to dominate this emerging market.

The missing link in Microsoft’s A.I. strategy

The missing link in Microsoft’s A.I. strategy

The company’s minuscule mobile presence is likely the reason it kept Windows Phone on life support for so long.

RIP, Windows Phone. Your demise could lead Microsoft to redemption.

RIP, Windows Phone. Your demise could lead Microsoft to redemption.

Arrogance mired the company so deep in a losing mobile strategy that it couldn’t escape until it had spent billions.

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

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

Evernote and Microsoft OneNote have taken different approaches in their quest to be the best note-taking app. Here’s where each one shines.

Review: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from A to Zzzzzzzz

Review: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from A to Zzzzzzzz

The latest version of Windows 10 won’t shake your world, and that’s okay. The good news? Security, OneDrive and Cortana all get useful enhancements.

Step aside, Windows! Open source and Linux are IT’s new security headache

Step aside, Windows! Open source and Linux are IT’s new security headache

The Equifax breach is the latest example of attackers targeting open-source software in the enterprise.

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.

Windows Mobile: The walking dead never die

Windows Mobile: The walking dead never die

Microsoft seems unwilling to pull the plug on a mobile OS that no one loves. It could lead a zombie existence for years.

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