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).

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.'

iOS Vulnerable to Malware Attack, Security Firm Warns

The Kaspersky security company claims that iOS's sizable market share makes it a tempting target for malware writers.

Expect Windows 8 PCs to Be Pre-Loaded With Bloatware

There's a chance that there may be less of it than in previous version of Windows, but as with earlier Windows versions, if you want it cleaned of junk, you can pay $99 for a bloatware-cleaning service from Microsoft.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Rated Worst CEO in America

The rankings -- done by a Forbes writer -- cite the Vista and Zune failures, delayed product launches and Microsoft falling behind in mobile technology.

Mozilla's Hypocrisy: Apple Can Block Firefox, But Microsoft Can't

Analysis: Mozilla says that Apple banning Firefox from iPads and iPhones is OK, but Microsoft restricting the browser from using some features on Windows 8 tablets may be illegal.