Joli Ballew

Joli Ballew
Joli Ballew.


  • Microsoft MVP
  • trainer
  • Microsoft Press author
  • Professor at Brookhaven, Collin, and Eastfield Community Colleges


Joli Ballew is a former writer for Lifewire. She has contributed nearly 60 articles to the site on topics that range from home networking and security to getting the most from handheld devices.

As an expert on Microsoft applications, network security, Mac OS, and all manner of hardware and software, she has authored nearly 60 books in more than a dozen languages. She has been creating and presenting courses at since 2015 and teaches courses at Brookhaven, Collin, and Eastfield Community Colleges. She was a trainer and curriculum writer with InTechDev and a secondary algebra teacher. She runs a popular YouTube channel with more than 1 million views.


Joli holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in English literature from the University of Texas. Her Microsoft certifications include MCSE, MCDST, MCTS, and MCT.

Awards and Publications
  • Windows 10 Manage and MaintainWindows 10 Implementation courses on
  • Setting up a New PC and Networking Basics,
  • "Windows to Go (Windows 10)," Apress 2016
  • "Windows 8 and 8.1 Step By Step," Microsoft Press, 2012, 2013
  • "Brilliant Windows 8 for the Over 50s," Pearson Education, 2012
  • "Degunking Windows 7," McGraw-Hill, 2011
  • "Operating Systems Demystified," McGraw-Hill, 2011
  • "Exam Ref 70-687 Configuring Windows 8.1," Microsoft Press 2014, 2015
  • "Exam Ref 70-688 Supporting Windows 8.1," Microsoft Press 2014, 2015

Lifewire and Dotdash

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