Stories by Preston Gralla

Kindle Fire HD review: A better Kindle, but not a better tablet

Amazon's newest Kindle, the 7-in. Kindle Fire HD, is a great buy if you're an Amazon customer, but it falls short as a general-purpose tablet.

In Pictures: 4 security suites that protect all your devices

Security suites from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.

4 security suites that protect all your devices

Security suites from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.

PowerPoint 2010 cheat sheet

Whether you're upgrading from PowerPoint 2007 or an earlier version, we've got the goods on how to find your way around Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and make the most of its features. Insider (registration required)

Preston Gralla: Lawyers are taking the tech crown from engineers

Billions of dollars are at stake as tech companies use their patents to seek competitive advantage.

Windows 8 review: Still a two-headed beast

The two faces of Windows 8 - the Desktop and the interface formerly known as Metro -'still coexist uneasily in the final RTM version of the OS. But some of Windows 8's native apps are great.

How to recycle your phone, PC and other tech gear

There are few things tech lovers enjoy more than a shiny new gadget or computer: the latest iPad or Nexus 7 tablet, a great new smartphone, a featherlight ultrabook. But once you've bought that great new gear, what do you do with the old stuff?

How to clear your data off a device

Before you ditch a device, you need to make sure none of your data is retrievable. Here's how to do it.

In Pictures: Microsoft Office 2013 beta

Microsoft has released a beta version of its upcoming Office 2013 suite. We take a tour of the revamped interface and the most useful new features.

Office 2013 beta review: Microsoft (almost) nails it

The beta version of Office 2013 gets a needed facelift and adds a host of useful features, but its Cloud integration leaves something to be desired.

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Preston Gralla: June 2012: The month the cloud got real

Microsoft, Apple and Google have long seen that their future is in the cloud. Now they see their present there as well.

Windows 8 Release Preview: Updated but still uneasy

Microsoft's recently available Windows 8 Release Preview has a few interesting tweaks but still seems caught between its tablet and PC interfaces.

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Opinion: Windows 8 tablets - A disaster in the making

Tablets were clearly top of mind for the designers of tablets were clearly top of mind for the designers of Windows 8. The Metro interface sacrifices usability on the PC, which suggests that Microsoft is focused on overtaking the iPad. This design choice was met with conjectures that Microsoft believed enterprises would

Google Drive review: Adding cloud storage to the mix

The long-awaited Google Drive is a simple, useful, straightforward cloudstorage and syncing service that offers a full 5GB of online storage for free, with no surprises along the way. Utilitarian rather than flashy, it makes storing files to the cloud and syncing them among multiple devices as simple as saving a file to a local hard drive.

Google and Microsoft's new battleground: Your living room

Microsoft and Google aren't going head to head just over Internet search, office productivity suites and Cloud-based applications and services. Their next looming battle is over who will own the living room, and the outcome will have surprising implications for IT as well.