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 Outlook.com: 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.