Stories by Preston Gralla

How to boost Windows 8 performance

There's an unassailable rule of computing: No matter how fast your computer is, and no matter how well it runs, you want it to run better.

Microsoft Surface 2 deep-dive review: Better hardware, but still with Windows RT

Microsoft has upgraded its Windows RT tablet: The new Surface 2 offers a well-built case, better performance, a great display and the same old operating system.

Preston Gralla: Why Ford's CEO is wrong for Microsoft

Alan Mulally is a savvy manager and a smart engineer. But Microsoft's big problem is vision, and that's where Mulally falls short.

Preston Gralla: Time to break up Microsoft? Not so fast

There are increasing calls for Microsoft to sell off Bing and walk away from mobile. Would those moves be good in the long term?

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Why Bill Gates can't save Microsoft

CEO Ballmer and his predecessor shared a vision of how Microsoft could stay on top by focusing on Windows.

Preston Gralla: Microsoft has derailed for lack of an engineer in chief

The tech companies that have surged since Steve Ballmer took over at Microsoft from Bill Gates are headed by engineers.

In Pictures: Windows 8.1 deep dive review

The preview of Windows 8.1 reveals an operating system that corrects many, but not all, of its previous mistakes.

Windows 8.1 deep-dive review: Well, it's a start

Although the preview of Windows 8.1 fixes some of the problems users complained about in the previous version of the OS, is it enough? We take a close look at Microsoft's update.

Preston Gralla: Microsoft's mobile corpse stirs with signs of life

The numbers Microsoft is posting in mobile aren't at the level it is accustomed to in areas like desktop operating systems and productivity suites. But they're on the rise.

Opinion: Microsoft's smartwatch - Been there, didn't do that

Vendors are falling all over themselves to develop smartwatches. Will this be yet one more example of Microsoft getting to a market first and then failing to cash in?

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Limiting the feds' snooping

Recent developments could portend the demise of National Security Letters, which allow the FBI to get private customer information without a judge's approval.

Opinion: iPad vs. PC - sometimes the accepted wisdom is right

It's clear that hardware makers are experimenting far more with Windows devices than Apple is with the iPad. But that does that herald a revival of the PC?

Fear of Facebook: 7 free apps that guard your privacy

Facebook users are constantly being told that their privacy is under siege. Here are seven apps that can help secure your personal data.

Opinion: Does hardware matter anymore?

Today hardware is often an afterthought in the enterprise, and user preferences count more than IT planning. This all means there will be winners and losers among today's big vendors.

10 Windows 8 tips, tricks and hacks

Starting to get comfortable with Windows 8? Don't stop now: From invoking 'God Mode' to hacking the lock screen, here are 10 ways to make Windows 8 act the way you want.