Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, and the author of more than 40 books, including "Windows 8 Hacks," "How the Internet Works," and "NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual." He has written about technology for more than 20 years, and has published in numerous national magazines and newspapers, ranging from Computerworld to USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, and CIO Magazine.
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Microsoft is at work on what what may be a free version of Windows 8.1, and is considering a free version of Windows Phone. That begs the question: Will free mainstream versions of Windows be in Microsoft's future?
PC shipments had their deepest decline every in 2013, and 2014 doesn't look much better, according to IDC's latest forecasts. Does this mean that the PC apocalypse is finally upon us?
Steve Ballmer's famously volcanic temper was the last straw for Microsoft's board, and eventually led to his firing after he berated them so loudly about their not backing his Nokia buyout plan that his shouts could be heard outside the closed doors of a conference room. So reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Was there more to it than just Ballmer's temper tantrum?
Microsoft hasn't gained any real ground in the tablet market -- Gartner says it had only a 2.1% market share in 2013. Can the growth of hybrids and possibly Windroid devices help give Microsoft the boost it needs?
Any doubt that Microsoft sees Android as an important part of its future should be erased with a just-announced deal with an Indian handset maker to manufacture dual-boot Windows-Android phones, and with Microsoft asking HTC to include Windows Phone as a dual boot option on its Android phones. That's on top of Nokia's new line of low-cost Windows Phone devices. Is this a way to extend Windows Phone's life, or an admission of the platform's failure?
A report that Britain's spy agency GCHQ has snooped on and stored webcam images from millions of Yahoo users has potential dangers for Kinect owners. The surveillance agency has been evaulating using Kinect's camera to spy on its owners as well.
Users for now may not be flocking to Windows Phone, but yet one more research firm says that it will be fastest-growing major smartphone OS in the world through 2018. Does this mean the OS is finally breaking through?
It may seem that there's only bad news for Windows Phone these days, but a new report from a respected research firm says that Windows is the "fastest growing OS in the world," and sees good times ahead for it. Is this just hype, or is there some truth behind it?
The latest sales figures for Windows Phone are all bad: Sales have stagnated across the developed world, and Microsoft is losing ground in one of the world's largest markets, China. Could this mean that Microsoft needs Nokia's new Android phones to come to the rescue?
Nokia's new X line of low-end Android phone looks like it could be a winner -- but its success could set off a serious civil war inside Microsoft. What do the new Android phones say about what kind of company Microsoft will eventually become?