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).

How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

Microsoft’s ‘channels’ for Windows Insider Previews and new Windows releases are confusing for everybody. Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 and 11 for yourself or your business.

Cortana explained: Rocky past, promising future for Microsoft’s digital assistant

Cortana explained: Rocky past, promising future for Microsoft’s digital assistant

At first meant to compete with virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, Cortana has been stripped of many functions and seemingly left to wither away. But its business-focused reboot may hold the key to long-term success.

Windows is in Moscow’s crosshairs, too

Windows is in Moscow’s crosshairs, too

Before Russia invaded Ukraine this week, cyberattacks were already under way. Not surprisingly, Windows systems were a common target.

Slack vs. Teams: Which is best for your business?

Slack vs. Teams: Which is best for your business?

We compare the top two collaboration platforms in six categories, from usability to enterprise management.

How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

You can significantly delay some Windows updates, temporarily pause others, control what time of day they’re installed, uninstall problematic updates, and more. Here’s how.

Windows 11 cheat sheet

Windows 11 cheat sheet

Get up to speed with the new interface and features in Windows 11.

What’s new in Office 2021?

What’s new in Office 2021?

The new release brings the non-subscription version of Microsoft Office closer to what’s available with Microsoft 365 or Office 365 — but only partway.

Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck

Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck

Microsoft’s new OS gives Windows 10 a much-needed facelift, tighter security, and a better overall experience.

Gmail vs. Outlook: Which works better for business?

Gmail vs. Outlook: Which works better for business?

When it comes to email, calendar, and contacts, Microsoft Outlook has long ruled the roost, but Google Workspace’s combo of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts is worth a second look.

4 quick tips for Cortana in Windows 10

4 quick tips for Cortana in Windows 10

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

Podcast: Windows 11 overview: Hardware requirements, security updates and upgrade confusion

Podcast: Windows 11 overview: Hardware requirements, security updates and upgrade confusion

Microsoft will launch Windows 11 on October 5, but not every PC will be eligible for an immediate upgrade. Rollout will last well into 2022 for machines that meet the necessary hardware requirements, and Windows 10 will be supported...

Cortana is AWOL in the war against COVID-19 disinfo

Cortana is AWOL in the war against COVID-19 disinfo

At a time when more people use voice assistants to retrieve the most basic information, Microsoft’s Cortana doesn’t provide even the basics about protecting against the coronavirus.

How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

Worried about privacy in Windows 10? Here's what you can do.

Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference

Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference

Our visual guide helps you find the most useful commands on the Ribbon in Outlook for Microsoft 365/Office 365 in Windows, along with keyboard shortcuts for performing each action.

Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet

Outlook for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet

Learn to use the best new features in Outlook for Microsoft 365/Office 365 in Windows.

8 great productivity tips for Chrome

8 great productivity tips for Chrome

Save time and get more done with these handy tricks for the Google Chrome browser.

Handy Excel keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac

Handy Excel keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac

Get work done more quickly by using keyboard shortcuts in the Microsoft Excel desktop app for Windows or macOS.

The Windows 11 rollout: Microsoft’s most-botched announcement ever

The Windows 11 rollout: Microsoft’s most-botched announcement ever

The 'Big Reveal' for Microsoft's new operating system wasn’t so big and revealed very little. And what it did reveal was often wrong. So what gives?

Outlook 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet

Outlook 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet

Are you getting the most from Outlook 2016 and 2019 for Windows? Learn about the key features in Microsoft’s email and calendaring client.

Outlook 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference

Outlook 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference

Our visual guide helps you find the most useful commands on the Ribbon in Outlook 2016 and 2019 for Windows, along with keyboard shortcuts for performing each action.

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