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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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

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.

February 21, 2006 by in Microsoft

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.

February 15, 2006 by in Microsoft

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?

February 15, 2006 by in Microsoft

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.

February 13, 2006 by in Microsoft

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