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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If you're a big business, Microsoft is happy to provide you with XP security patches at a reasonable cost. But if you're a consumer or own a small business, it's another story: No patches for you, at any price.
If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.
The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?
Microsoft's controversial anti-Google "Scroogled" campaign finally seems to be at an end, with a Microsoft corporate vice president saying the company is "done with the campaign." But not so fast -- the Scroogled site still lives, and Microsoft has left itself wiggle room. Is Scroogled really done?
Microsoft's giving away all versions of Windows on devices smaller than 9 inches was a shocker -- but could a bigger one eventually be on the way? Will Microsoft eventually give away all versions of Windows for free, including those on traditional computers?
If you doubted that Microsoft backed Nokia's move into Android phones, doubt no more: Windows chief Terry Myerson says that Microsoft will continue to back them even after the Nokia acquisition goes through. Could this mean that more Microsoft Android devices are on the way?
Google is wasting no time luring XP business users to Chromebooks: It's offering them $100 off every Chromebook purchased through Google's Chromebooks for Business program, in addition to other financial incentives. Does Google have a chance sweeping in XP owners, or is this just a PR ploy?
The Windows 8.1 update does a nice job of trying to force its dueling touch-oriented and desktop interfaces to get along. It's no coincidence, though, that the update was released on the same day that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. If the update's purpose was get people to move off Windows XP and take up Windows 8.1, it failed.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has gotten kudos for launching Office for the iPad, but the company now says that former CEO Steve Ballmer was the one who really gave the go-ahead. Does this mean Nadella should get no credit?
Tomorrow Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and if you believe the company and others, XP holdouts are head-in-the-sand technophobes heading for disaster. In fact, though, sticking with XP can be a smart move.