Getting settled in...

Summary:If you've never read my stuff before, here's what you can expect. (Hint: I try to stay away from OS food fights.)

If you followed me over here from Ed Bott's Windows Expertise, you probably have a good idea what to expect from me. I've been writing books, magazine articles, and online commentary about Microsoft for more than a decade (Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition is a good place to start). I've worked for dead-tree media (PC World and PC Computing) and online publications ( and TechRepublic, to name two). If you've never read my stuff before, here's what I'll probably spend a lot of pixels writing about here:

  • Windows, of course. With a special emphasis on Windows Vista.
  • Microsoft application software, with a special emphasis on Microsoft Office. (No, it's not dead.)
  • Windows security software.
  • SmartPhones, portable media players, Tablet PCs, and just about any other kind of gadget that has a connection to Windows.
  • Digital media, especially the features in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
  • Whatever else strikes me as amusing and vaguely related to the Microsoft system.

I'm not a financial analyst or a stock-picker, so don't expect much if any commentary on MSFT's stock price or the latest quarterly results. And I'm strictly a Windows guy, so I try to stay away from OS food fights ... although sometimes it's just irresistible.

Got a topic you want me to talk about? Windows or Microsoft questions? Send them to I can't promise to give a personal answer, but I welcome thought-provoking questions and comments and read every one.

Oh, and I haven't abandoned I'll still be posting observations, tips, and other short items there. Look for news and more substantial commentary here at ZDNet.

Coming up soon: Closer looks at security features in Windows Vista, some observations about the growing pains of Microsoft's new transparency, and some thoughts on the latest generation of security software.

Topics: Windows


Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the a... Full Bio

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