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 handle Windows 10 updates

How to handle Windows 10 updates

Here’s what’s changed with the Fall Creators Update. Step 1: Understand that there are updates, and then there are updates.

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.

Microsoft Excel vs. Google Sheets: Which works better for business?

Microsoft Excel vs. Google Sheets: Which works better for business?

As Google has added more sophisticated features to Sheets, Microsoft has been beefing up Excel’s collaboration abilities. See which spreadsheet app wins in today’s multiplatform environment.

Review: In Office 2016 for Windows, collaboration takes center stage

Review: In Office 2016 for Windows, collaboration takes center stage

Long available in rivals such as Google Docs, real-time collaborative editing finally comes to Microsoft Office, along with a handful of other useful improvements.

How to use Excel’s new live collaboration features

How to use Excel’s new live collaboration features

Microsoft has finally rolled out real-time collaboration in Excel 2016 to Office 365 subscribers. Here’s how to share and collaborate with others on spreadsheets.

Can Microsoft lawyers defeat Putin’s most notorious spy-hackers?

Can Microsoft lawyers defeat Putin’s most notorious spy-hackers?

The courtroom tactic should at least slow Fancy Bear down.

The best enterprise tips and tricks for Windows 10

The best enterprise tips and tricks for Windows 10

In one place, here’s everything Windows 10 users need to know to speed up the operating system, keep it running smoothly, protect privacy, use Cortana and more.

The ancient Microsoft networking protocol at the core of the latest global malware attack

The ancient Microsoft networking protocol at the core of the latest global malware attack

The company is going to kill off SMB1 at long last, but you shouldn’t wait to disable it.

Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy

Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy

Worried about possible privacy problems in Windows 10? Now updated for the Windows 10 Anniversary (and Creators) Updates, this story offers some quick and easy ways to protect your data.

The Microsoft security hole at the heart of Russian election hacking

The Microsoft security hole at the heart of Russian election hacking

We’re reliving the Visual Basic-spawned bad times of 1999.

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