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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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.

April 2, 2006 by in Windows

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.

March 29, 2006 by in Windows

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.

March 29, 2006 by in Windows

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.

March 27, 2006 by in Windows

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.

March 24, 2006 by in Security

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.

March 23, 2006 by in Windows

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?

March 21, 2006 by in Windows

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.

March 21, 2006 by in Microsoft

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

March 20, 2006 by in Data Management

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.

March 7, 2006 by in Windows

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.

March 6, 2006 by in Windows

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.

February 28, 2006 by in Windows

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