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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Microsoft buys Alohabob

For years, Windows users have been complaining that the process of moving programs and data to a new PC is needlessly complex. Microsoft just announced that it's buying the most popular utility designed to solve this problem. But there's a catch.

March 7, 2006 by


BitLocker, TPM, and tinfoil hats

A few weeks ago, the BBC News published a story that was literally true and hopelessly wrong. No, Microsoft isn't building a back door into Windows Vista's industrial-strength encryption feature, Here's the real story.

March 6, 2006 by


Vista versions not so confusing after all

When the rumors of Vista versions first began flying several months ago, some people complained of the potential for mass confusion among Windows consumers. Now that the official announcement is out, those fears seem overblown. In fact, the five major Vista versions might make upgrading easier than ever for retail users.

February 28, 2006 by


Office 2007 in October?

One recent report says Office 2007 is four to eight weeks behind schedule. That would put its release date in early October, much later than most people expect. Think you've got a better guess? Post it here.

February 21, 2006 by


For Office 2007 at home, Outlook is out, OneNote is in

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the name of its next Office package and some details about pricing and packaging. The new name - Office 2007 - isn't a surprise. Nor is the mix of applications that make up the business-oriented SKUs. But one of the bundles jumps off the list because it's just so different.

February 15, 2006 by


Whatever happened to Office subscriptions?

A long time ago, at a tradeshow that no longer exists, Microsoft made a Big Deal out of its announcement that the next version of Office would be available by subscription. They even put out a press release to mark the occasion. But that was the last sign of the concept. What happened?

February 15, 2006 by