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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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Latest Posts by Preston
Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella walks on water if you believe his ratings as a boss by Microsoft employees. But after his announced plans for laying off 18,000 employees, Microsoft workers are far cooler to him. Is this the end of his honeymoon?

July 28, 2014 10:31 AM EDT

When it comes to phones, Apple is the 800-pound gorilla, and Microsoft is the 100-pound weakling, right? Wrong! Last quarter, Microsoft sold nearly one million more phones than Apple did. And it has the numbers to prove it.

July 25, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
Microsoft

Microsoft's quarterly earnings report this week had a bit of deja vu: The company's bottom line once again took a hit because of woes with the Surface line. This time around, it was cancelling the Surface Mini. Will the Surface line ever make a profit?

July 24, 2014 10:50 AM EDT
Apple

Yesterday's earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple showed a contrast in corporate strategies: Apple's aimed at consumers, Microsoft's targeted at businesses. Those reports and the press's reaction to them shows why right now Apple matters to the world, and Microsoft doesn't.

July 23, 2014 2:40 PM EDT

Two new leaked Windows 9 screenshots show good news for users of traditional PCs -- it looks as if the operating system will be actually useful for them, and not just for those with touch-based devices. I've got screenshots and details.

July 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT
Nokia

The new Lumia 635 should have been a killer Windows Phone: It's low-cost phone with a solid set of specs and some innovative features. But it's got a flaw that dooms it -- such an obvious one it's hard to know what Nokia was thinking when the company designed it.

July 21, 2014 12:05 PM EDT

Microsoft's announced yesterday that it will kill off the Nokia X line of Android phones. But left unsaid was whether this ends the company's brief flirtation with Android. Is Microsoft's embrace of Android a thing of the past?

July 18, 2014 10:34 AM EDT

Microsoft's plans to lay off 18,000 people in the next year and decision to kill off the Nokia X line of low-cost Android phones may be more than short-term cost-cutting measures -- they could well portend Microsoft's selling off its Windows Phone line. So says at least one analyst. Is he on target?

July 17, 2014 1:42 PM EDT
Apple

The Apple-IBM blockbuster deal may finally give Apple its long-denied entrée into the enterprise. But it also may signal something even more surprising: That the future of innovation now belongs to Microsoft, not Apple. Here's why.

July 16, 2014 6:46 PM EDT

If you buy a Lumia 630 or 930 Windows Phone and want to use Google as your default search engine, you're out of luck: Microsoft has disabled that capability in those phones. For better or worse, you're stuck with Bing. Will this come back to bite Microsoft?

July 15, 2014 1:59 PM EDT
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