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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).

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.

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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.

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Start Menu 7

A Convenient alternative to the Start menu. Start programs with pleasure!

Is Microsoft Blowing Smoke When It Says It Won't Be Hurt By the Cloud?

Does cloud computing represent a big opportunity for Microsoft, rather than a threat?

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)

Retouch photos and create images with this freebie.

Mango Isn't Enough for Windows Phone 7

Given that Windows Phone 7 is so far behind Android and the iPhone in market share, it needs to be better than both operating systems, and even with the Mango update, it isn't.

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Ashampoo PowerUp 3

Windows�� is so complicated that normally only experts can keep their systems properly configured and tweaked for the best performance and user experience. This hasn`t gotten any better with Windows Vista - many settings have been moved or renamed and are now even harder to find. Ashampoo PowerUp 3 is the solution if you don`t want to waste endless hours learning how to configure and maintain Windows��, including Windows�� Vista. It`s a single control center for all your Windows�� settings and explains everything in simple language. And the new version adds more protection against incorrect settings, more control, more configuration options and makes the whole process easier than ever before. And it comes with a beautiful new graphical design for Windows�� Vista! Highlights: - Windows Vista compatible - Ready-to-use profiles for instant system tuning - Risk Level Monitor warns about potentially dangerous settings - QuickStart Bar for instant access to tweaks and adjustments - Rescue Center - automatic backup and recovery for configuration changes - Benchmarking to analyze system performance and locate problem areas - System Diagnosis generates a full report on all your components - Automatic System Scan displays the settings relevant for you - Improved context-sensitive information on all options

Will Microsoft Buy RIM?

Here's the quickest way for Microsoft to finally become a big player in mobile: Buy Research in Motion.

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 7

Optimize the way Windows works and looks.

Evernote

Keep track of all your information, wherever you go.

WinZip Courier

Zip your email attachments automatically and ensure their confidentiality!

Anonymizer Nyms

Fight spam and protect your privacy by creating disposable e-mail addresses.

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner

A free registry repair software to safely scan and fix registry problems.