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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It's the end of the web as we know it (not)

It's the end of the web as we know it (not)

One of the patches included with this week's updates from Microsoft causes a change in behavior to some web pages. Judging by the commentary, the web must be pretty fragile. Apparently, one click is enough to bring it to its knees.

published April 13, 2006 by

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Whatever you do, don't read this Vista guide

Whatever you do, don't read this Vista guide

Microsoft has just posted a comprehensive product guide to Windows Vista. It's packed with interesting information, including a feature matrix that explains what's in each Windows Vista version. Here's why you shouldn't read it.

published April 11, 2006 by

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A better Windows than Windows?

A better Windows than Windows?

Years ago, IBM tried to sell OS/2 with the tagline "a better Windows than Windows." They failed, because it simply wasn't true. But Apple has the opportunity to succeed where IBM failed. Just look past Boot Camp.

published April 7, 2006 by

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Throw in the towel on malware? No way

Throw in the towel on malware? No way

No, Microsoft is not throwing in the towel on malware. The basic principles of security are the same as ever: Prevent untrusted software from getting on your computers and on your network. If a bad guy can convince you to install an untrusted program that alters your operating system, it's not your computer anynore.

published April 7, 2006 by

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Apple's Boot Camp is just the start

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.

published April 4, 2006 by

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Why does Microsoft Passport suck?

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.

published April 4, 2006 by

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Want a Windows Vista capable PC? Follow these three rules

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.

published April 2, 2006 by

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More brand-name confusion in Redmond

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.

published March 29, 2006 by

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More brand-name confusion in Redmond

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.

published March 29, 2006 by

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Windows Vista shifts the platform

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.

published March 27, 2006 by

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Patches: Once a month is not enough

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.

published March 24, 2006 by

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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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