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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Regime change at Microsoft

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.

published March 23, 2006 by

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For Vista, a few extra months can only help

For Vista, a few extra months can only help

Microsoft says Windows Vista will be out in January 2007, a month later than the previously announced target date. So why should we believe them this time? Maybe because they put an actual date on the schedule for the first time ever?

published March 21, 2006 by

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Microsoft's most misunderstood application

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.

published March 21, 2006 by

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A OneCare success story

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

published March 20, 2006 by

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Microsoft buys Alohabob

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.

published March 7, 2006 by

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BitLocker, TPM, and tinfoil hats

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.

published March 6, 2006 by

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Vista versions not so confusing after all

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.

published February 28, 2006 by

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A painful Vista networking bug

A painful Vista networking bug

Why is Windows Vista still not ready for its public beta? One reason is a nasty networking bug that disables Internet access on a slew of popular routers.

published February 24, 2006 by

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Office 2007 in October?

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.

published February 21, 2006 by

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

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.

published February 15, 2006 by

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Whatever happened to Office subscriptions?

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?

published February 15, 2006 by

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This openness stuff isn't as easy as it looks

This openness stuff isn't as easy as it looks

Microsoft is trying hard to be more open. The amount of inside information on Windows Vista, Internet Explorer 7, and other new technologies coming directly out of Microsoft is unprecedented and mostly free of traditional PR restraints, which is remarkable. But changing entrenched habits isn’t easy. Case in point: The recent brouhaha over confidentiality restrictions in the end user license agreement (EULA) for Office 12.

published February 13, 2006 by

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