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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 Bing is Nearly Number 2, But Continues to Lose Money

The latest figures from Comscore show that Microsoft is essentially in a dead heat with Yahoo as the second most popular search site.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is Rated Third-Worst Tech Company CEO

Of the more than 50 CEOs of top technology companies, Steve Ballmer's rating was way down toward the bottom, at 35 percent.

Who's the Best Cloud Provider? Amazon beats Microsoft by a Hair

Wondering which cloud storage provider to go with for your business? The data services company Nasuni has run tests, and it shows Amazon on top, just nosing out Microsoft.

Why an Open Source WebOS will Help Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 Tablets

Analysis: It's not clear whether making WebOS open source will revive it, but the move won't hurt Windows Phone 7 or upcoming Windows 8 tablets -- and it may even help.

Search Your Hard Drive From Your iOS Device With X1 Mobile Connect

If you've got the free X1 Mobile Connect on your computer and $15 X1 Mobile Search on your iOS gadget, you can search and edit docs at will.


Nokia Windows Phone 7 Lumia Could be a Bust, Analysts Say

Analysts say they've seen little traction for the Windows operating system over the last 12 months and they doubt that the Nokia brand can make a meaningful difference.


Windows Phone 7 Sales Drop Precipitously

Windows Phone 7 devices sold fewer phones in this quarter compared to a year ago, even as overall smartphone sales jumped 42 percent.


Windows Phone 7 Jailbreak: Microsoft Tops Apple on Openness

If someone uses a tool to jailbreak their Windows Phone 7 Phone, the warranties on their device will remain, and they'll still be able to get Microsoft support for their phone.


Add-Ons to Power Up Outlook

Want to get more out of the world's most-used email software? We have downloads designed to help you bend it to your will.

Harvard Business Review: Gates, Not Jobs, Deserves Recognition

Analysis: Steve Jobs has received well-deserved public acclaim, but Bill Gates might be a businessperson to admire, and the model for our children to emulate.

Bill Gates Says He Helped Steve Jobs Create the Mac

Steve Jobs had some very harsh things to say about Bill Gates in the just-published biography of him. In an interview yesterday, Gates responded quite kindly to that criticism, but also took credit for helping Steve Jobs invent the Mac.

Find Out When You Have Outlook Email With Mail Alert

Outlook add-on Mail Alert displays an alert when you get Outlook email.

Make Microsoft Happy: Buy an Android Phone

Microsoft will rake in an estimated $444 million from Android royalties for the 2012 fiscal year.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Folds Facebook and LinkedIn Into Outlook

Integrate Facebook and LinkedIn into Outlook with this free add-on from Microsoft.

Microsoft and Mozilla Browser Security Fight: They're Both Wrong

Microsoft and Mozilla have been squabbling over whose browser is more secure--but both companies are likely wrong.