Ed Bott

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 author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).

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Microsoft and Novell in Windows-Linux deal?

Microsoft and Novell in Windows-Linux deal?

The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft and Novell are about to announce a joint sales and development agreement to make Windows and Linux work more smoothly together. Given the long and sometimes acrimonious history between the two companies, this is encouraging news.

November 2, 2006 by in Linux

Microsoft changes Vista license terms

Microsoft changes Vista license terms

Who says Microsoft doesn't listen? Three weeks ago, when the new license terms for Windows Vista were officially release, one change set off an avalanche of feedback from the enthusiast community. Today, Microsoft rewrote that part of the license agreement. Individual users can now transfer a retail license from one PC to another or upgrade an existing computer without fear of being forced to pay again.

November 2, 2006 by in Windows

10 tips and tweaks for Vista experts

10 tips and tweaks for Vista experts

Last month, I published 10 tweaks for Windows Vista RC1. It got a good response, but it also drew some complaints. "Too basic," said some critics. "And hey, those aren't all tweaks." OK, fair enough. To satisfy the critics (you know who you are), I present 10 expert tweaks for Windows Vista RC2. No beginner-level stuff here, and I've clearly labeled which are tips and which are tweaks.

October 29, 2006 by in Windows

The return of PC Relocator

The return of PC Relocator

Back in March, Microsoft purchased Apptimum, Inc., maker of Alohabob PC Relocator and other PC-to-PC migration products. This week, the first hints appeared that those products are about to return, just in time for the launch of Windows Vista.

October 25, 2006 by in Windows

Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?

Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?

A lot of hardware and software companies, including Microsoft, are betting big bucks that they can take over the living room and be your hub for digital media. So who are the contenders? I've been looking at the digital media landscape for the past year and have narrowed the list to a handful of big players. The first in a three-part series compares features.

October 25, 2006 by in Hardware

Internet Explorer security FUD

Internet Explorer security FUD

The day after Microsoft releases IE7, a security firm revives an old vulnerability report, rushes out a press release, and cues a predictable wave of gloating and "I told you so's". A closer look reveals that maybe there's not so much to gloat about after all.

October 19, 2006 by in Security

Virtual Vista Q and A

Virtual Vista Q and A

I'm still trying to understand the confusing new licensing terms that affect how and when you can run Windows Vista within a virtual machine. In the interests of clarity, I sent a list of questions to Microsoft and received prompt, direct answers from Microsoft Director Scott Woodgate. If you're interested in virtualization, this is must-read information.

October 18, 2006 by in Windows

Virtual insanity in Redmond

Virtual insanity in Redmond

Whoever's writing Microsoft's new license agreements needs to spend some time in a remedial English course. The spin artists of Redmond have issued another "clarification" of their latest restrictions on using Vista with virtual hardware. It's terrible news for a small but influential group of Windows users.

October 17, 2006 by in Windows

Get facts, not spin, about Vista's new license

Get facts, not spin, about Vista's new license

Last week I documented a change in the terms of the retail Windows Vista license that will directly impact hobbyists and enthusiasts. Paul Thurrott spoke to a Microsoft product manager who says it's just a "clarification." That's a remarkable bit of historical revisionism and a major change in what Microsoft has been telling its customers for five years. But don't take my word or Paul's - go read the supporting documents for yourself.

October 16, 2006 by in Windows

No, there's no ban on virtual Vista

No, there's no ban on virtual Vista

Some analysts who've looked at Microsoft's new Vista license think it bans the use of certain Vista versions in any virtual machine. They're wrong. In fact, the new Vista license doesn't take away any virtual rights and gives some Windows users rights they've never had before.

October 13, 2006 by in Windows

A sneaky change in Windows licensing terms

A sneaky change in Windows licensing terms

Microsoft just released the licensing agreements for Windows Vista, and I read them carefully. Buried in the fine print is a dramatic change in licensing terms from the Windows XP versions. Think you can transfer a retail Windows license to any machine you want? Think again.

October 11, 2006 by in Windows

Windows Update broken again?

Windows Update broken again?

Two months ago, I documented widespread problems with Microsoft's update servers. No problem, they said. Everything's perfectly normal. Today, those same servers are offline and technical teams are "working around the clock" to fix them. Hmmm.

October 10, 2006 by in Windows

Vista Mythbusters #7: How much DRM is too much?

Vista Mythbusters #7: How much DRM is too much?

Much of the DRM code in Windows Vista is a straightforward upgrade of the XP infrastructure. But one key chunk of code is brand new. It prevents tampering with the Windows Kernel. Does it also prevent tampering with new hardware and software designed to handle protected digital media?

October 10, 2006 by in Windows

Microsoft gives adware pusher an MVP award

Microsoft gives adware pusher an MVP award

Since when did the criteria for being named a Microsoft MVP include pushing adware, spyware, and malware? That's what a couple of longtime MVPs want to know after seeing a controversial software developer receive official recognition from Microsoft despite longstanding complaints about his product.

October 6, 2006 by in Security

Another wave of WGA failures

Another wave of WGA failures

Will Microsoft ever get WGA right? Last week, I reported on a mysterious outbreak of failures that were causing legitimate Windows XP users to fail validation and be tagged as pirates. This week, Microsoft's support forum is awash in reports from corporate and academic customers that volume license keys (VLKs) are suddenly being reported as blocked.

October 4, 2006 by in Windows

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