Stories by Preston Gralla

The votes are in: Which mobile data provider is best?

Which U.S. cell phone service is the best when it comes to what you really use a phone for these days -- data? Which gives you the most widespread and reliable access to its data network, fast upload and download speeds, the most bang for your buck?

Preston Gralla: There's time to fix Net neutrality

Yes, the ruling is a disaster for advocates of a free and untrammeled Internet, but not quite an unmitigated one.

Apple is still making it hard to think differently

Apple repeatedly bows to censorship demands in places like China.

Preston Gralla: Can Amazon drones save the economy?

As the federal government abandons funding primary and applied research, companies like Google and Amazon can pick up the slack.

Dell Venue 8 Pro review: A Windows 8.1 tablet for the rest of us

Dell's new Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet offers users a fine display, good features and impressive audio -- at a reasonable price.

Preston Gralla: Apple still making it hard to think differently

Apple repeatedly bows to censorship demands in places like China.

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?

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.