Preston GrallaContributing editor, PCWorld

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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).

Hotspot Shield

Keep yourself safe at public hot spots--for free.

WebFilter Chrome Extension Blocks Kids From Some Websites

Block objectionable Web sites with this free Chrome extension--but make sure you agree with its definitions of "objectionable."

Why Enterprises Will Skip Windows 8

Enterprise IT had a good business case for moving off Windows XP and onto the more modern Windows 7, but Windows 8 is shaping up to be a different story

TrackMeNot Firefox Add-on Keeps Search Engine Data Profilers Confused

Protect yourself against data profiling with free Firefox add-on TrackMeNot.

Microsoft's Future -- Windows Everywhere or Windows Nowhere?

What's the future of Windows?

Novelty Company Sues Microsoft Over Windows Phone 7 Ads

Microsoft is being sued over its Windows Phone 7 ads that make fun of people who are addicted to their cellphones.

Ballmer Admits Windows Phone 7 Has Failed So Far

Microsoft's CEO said the company continues to have a very small market share but promises that a lot of progress will be made.

Project Management Web App LiquidPlanner Makes Group Collaborations Flow

Manage collaborative projects with the LiquidPlanner website.

Microsoft, China Search Deal a Win for Censorship

Microsoft's deal with China may add some revenue to its bottom line, but it makes Microsoft a willing partner in abetting China's strict Internet censorship. The deal is wrong and Microsoft should abandon it.

4 Reasons Google+ Beats Facebook

Analysis: After putting it through its paces, I feel that Google+ is superior to Facebook.