Preston GrallaContributing Editor, Computerworld

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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).

Windows Phone Sales Surge -- Is It Real or Just a Blip?

Keep in mind that it's easy to rack up big percent gains when you start with small numbers.

How to Clear Your Data off a Device

Before you ditch a device, you need to make sure none of your data is retrievable. Here's how to do it.

Acer May Abandon Windows if Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Surface Tablets

Acer is considering abandoning the manufacture of Windows hardware if Microsoft releases its Surface line of Windows 8 tablets.

Microsoft Reportedly Nets Nearly $800M from Android Royalties

HTC pays Microsoft $10 per Android device in patent royalties, and Samsung pays between $10 and $12 per Android device in patent royalties, according to an analyst firm.

Microsoft 5 Reasons it Beats Windows 8 Mail

Microsoft's cloud-based offering is much better than Windows 8's underpowered Mail app.

Microsoft Admits Surface Tablet May Anger Manufacturers, Endangering Windows 8

CEO Steve Ballmer and Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, have so far refused to say that, and have even discounted it in public.

Developer Interest in Windows Phone Plummets, but Windows 8 Tablets May Be a Bright Spot

Windows Phone's future appears even more uncertain, as developer interest in the platorm has been plummeting, says a survey from IDC and Appcelerator.

Windows Sales Plummet 13% -- and That May Be Good News for Microsoft

Shrinking Windows sales could be the best thing that has happened to Microsoft in a while.

Office 2013: 5 Reasons You'll Love It

Office 2013 is easily the best Office yet.

Why a Microsoft-Nokia Merger Makes Sense

Someone will likely have to step in to save Nokia, and Microsoft makes the most sense, because it has the most to lose from Nokia going under.

Microsoft Takes a Page from Apple's PR Book

Analysis: With its building for mystery announcements and glitzy unveilings, when it comes to hype, is Microsoft the new Apple?

Windows 7: The New XP?

When Windows 8 comes out, my guess is that people will stay away from the new version of the operating system and stick with Windows 7.

Will Microsoft Be Forced to Buy Nokia?

Rumors are flying again that Microsoft is eying a buyout of Nokia -- and this time they might be true.

Microsoft Innovates, But Apple Knows How to Win

Too often, the company tries to force-fit its innovations into its Windows universe.

Apple CEO Takes Shot at Microsoft, Windows 8 Tablets

Tim Cook said forcing tablets to use an operating system written for desktop PCs means Windows 8 tablets will be 'very similar to what tablets were 10 years ago.'