Ed Bott

Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications.

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Apple's Boot Camp is just the start

Apple has formally introduced a utility called Boot Camp that lets owners of Intel-based Macs run Windows XP: Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD.

April 4, 2006 by

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Why does Microsoft Passport suck?

The Microsoft Passport Network is supposed to be an effortless way to share a single set of logon credentials across multiple sites. Instead, it’s a colossal annoyance. Even Microsoft employees gripe about the inconsistencies and abysmal user experience of Passport. But help may be on the way.

April 4, 2006 by

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Want a Windows Vista capable PC? Follow these three rules

Last week, Microsoft announced that it will begin allowing OEMs to slap a "Vista Capable" sticker on new PCs that meet minimum standards. You could try to figure out which hardware is best suited for Vista from the official guidelines. But you don't need a sticker to decide on a new PC, just some common sense. I've boiled it down to three simple rules.

April 2, 2006 by

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More brand-name confusion in Redmond

One of the biggest branding mistakes Microsoft ever made was to call its free e-mail client - the one included with every copy of Windows since 1998 - Outlook Express. To this day, sensible people assume - incorrectly - that there's a connection between Microsoft Outlook, which is a member of the Office family, and the free Outlook Express.With Windows Vista, Outlook Express is getting a complete rewrite and a new name: Windows Mail. Meanwhile, the e-mail (and so much more) client in Office 2007 will keep the Outlook name. Brand confusion eliminated, right?Errr, not exactly.

March 29, 2006 by

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More brand-name confusion in Redmond

One of the biggest branding mistakes Microsoft ever made was to call its free e-mail client - the one included with every copy of Windows since 1998 - Outlook Express. To this day, sensible people assume - incorrectly - that there's a connection between Microsoft Outlook, which is a member of the Office family, and the free Outlook Express.With Windows Vista, Outlook Express is getting a complete rewrite and a new name: Windows Mail. Meanwhile, the e-mail (and so much more) client in Office 2007 will keep the Outlook name. Brand confusion eliminated, right?Errr, not exactly.

March 29, 2006 by

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Windows Vista shifts the platform

One of the world's leading software companies just released a major upgrade to its flagship operating system. It's missing key features, and its decision to use an all-new kernel means that application developers have to scramble to fix major compatibility issues. It's doomed to failure, right?Not exactly.

March 27, 2006 by

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Patches: Once a month is not enough

Microsoft needs to rethink its policy of stockpiling security bulletins and patches and releasing them all on the second Tuesday of each month. It doesn’t solve a problem for any customer, and it exposes an unknown number of innocent Windows users to unnecessary risk.

March 24, 2006 by

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Regime change at Microsoft

Less than 48 hours after announcing that Windows Vista is delayed - again - Microsoft has split the Windows division into eight groups and brought in a new top dog. One Microsoft employee asked the other day, "Where's the freakin' accountability?" This might be the answer.

March 23, 2006 by

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Microsoft's most misunderstood application

OneNote is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Microsoft Office family. It gets no respect, and it’s hopelessly misunderstood. That’s a shame, because this hard-to-categorize application incorporates some of the freshest thinking I’ve seen out of the Office team in years.

March 21, 2006 by

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