Preston Gralla

Contributing Editor

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).

REFRESH TEST STORY: Windows 10 cheat sheet

REFRESH TEST STORY: Windows 10 cheat sheet

Get to know the interface, features, and shortcuts in Microsoft's stalwart operating system. (Now updated for Windows 10 version 21H2.)

Russia is losing the cyberwar against Ukraine, too

Russia is losing the cyberwar against Ukraine, too

Not only has Russia seen setbacks on the battlefield in Ukraine, it's not faring well in the less-obvious cyberwar either. One reason: Russia's ally Belarus was still using Windows XP to keep the trains running on time.

New hybrid work features are coming to Windows 11

New hybrid work features are coming to Windows 11

Microsoft announced new Windows 11 features aimed at making hybrid work easier at an event on Tuesday. Some of these features address IT-specific problems, while others target the general hybrid or remote workforce. They include...

How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

Microsoft’s ‘channels’ for Windows Insider Previews and new Windows releases are confusing for everybody. Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 and 11 for yourself or your business.

Cortana explained: Rocky past, promising future for Microsoft’s digital assistant

Cortana explained: Rocky past, promising future for Microsoft’s digital assistant

At first meant to compete with virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, Cortana has been stripped of many functions and seemingly left to wither away. But its business-focused reboot may hold the key to long-term success.

Windows is in Moscow’s crosshairs, too

Windows is in Moscow’s crosshairs, too

Before Russia invaded Ukraine this week, cyberattacks were already under way. Not surprisingly, Windows systems were a common target.

Slack vs. Teams: Which is best for your business?

Slack vs. Teams: Which is best for your business?

We compare the top two collaboration platforms in six categories, from usability to enterprise management.

REFRESH TEST STORY: Slack vs. Teams: Which is best for your business?

We compare the top two collaboration platforms in six categories, from usability to enterprise management.

16 ways to speed up Windows 10

16 ways to speed up Windows 10

If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues.

How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

You can significantly delay some Windows updates, temporarily pause others, control what time of day they’re installed, uninstall problematic updates, and more. Here’s how.

REFRESH TEST STORY: How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

REFRESH TEST STORY: How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

You can significantly delay some Windows updates, temporarily pause others, control what time of day they’re installed, uninstall problematic updates, and more. Here’s how.

Windows 11 cheat sheet

Windows 11 cheat sheet

Get up to speed with the new interface and features in Windows 11.

Windows 11 release: First impressions, hardware requirements and Android app integration

Windows 11 release: First impressions, hardware requirements and Android app integration

Microsoft released its first update to Windows in six years on Tuesday. The newest edition of the operating system, Windows 11, introduces only a handful of new features. Those features include Teams integration, better security and a...

What’s new in Office 2021?

What’s new in Office 2021?

The new release brings the non-subscription version of Microsoft Office closer to what’s available with Microsoft 365 or Office 365 — but only partway.

Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck

Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck

Microsoft’s new OS gives Windows 10 a much-needed facelift, tighter security, and a better overall experience.

Gmail vs. Outlook: Which works better for business?

Gmail vs. Outlook: Which works better for business?

When it comes to email, calendar, and contacts, Microsoft Outlook has long ruled the roost, but Google Workspace’s combo of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts is worth a second look.

REFRESH TEST STORY: Gmail vs. Outlook: Which works better for business?

REFRESH TEST STORY: Gmail vs. Outlook: Which works better for business?

When it comes to email, calendar, and contacts, Microsoft Outlook has long ruled the roost, but Google Workspace’s combo of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts is worth a second look.

4 quick tips for Cortana in Windows 10

4 quick tips for Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to take advantage of it.

Podcast: Windows 11 overview: Hardware requirements, security updates and upgrade confusion

Podcast: Windows 11 overview: Hardware requirements, security updates and upgrade confusion

Microsoft will launch Windows 11 on October 5, but not every PC will be eligible for an immediate upgrade. Rollout will last well into 2022 for machines that meet the necessary hardware requirements, and Windows 10 will be supported...

Cortana is AWOL in the war against COVID-19 disinfo

Cortana is AWOL in the war against COVID-19 disinfo

At a time when more people use voice assistants to retrieve the most basic information, Microsoft’s Cortana doesn’t provide even the basics about protecting against the coronavirus.

Load More