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'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


A OneCare success story

Backup as a "set and forget" service is an idea whose time has come. Both Microsoft's OneCare and Symantec's Genesis have the right idea. A little more competition wouldn't hurt

March 20, 2006 by


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