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Blog Profile / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report


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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Six clicks: Outlook shortcuts and secrets to help make you an instant expert

If you use Microsoft Outlook, chances are it's the first program you open every morning and the last one you close at night. In this gallery, I present six of my favorite time-saving shortcuts, including some that work exceptionally well together.

Microsoft to block outdated Java versions in Internet Explorer

Next week's Patch Tuesday updates will include a much-needed fix for Internet Explorer, blocking outdated versions of Java and preventing one of the most popular vectors for installing malware.

All quiet on the PC front, Android passes iOS (maybe) in mobile

It's the first of the month, which means it's time for another look at the state of the PC and mobile markets, using the latest data from two large web analytics firms.

Can a Surface Pro 3 with docking station replace your desktop PC?

In its ads, Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 is "the tablet that can replace your laptop." With the addition of a new docking station, the Surface Pro has its eye on your desktop PC, too.

Six clicks: Excel power tips to make you an instant expert

Excel isn't just for number crunchers with accounting degrees. In this gallery, I present six of my favorite hidden features to make you more productive when working with Excel spreadsheets.

As OS X Yosemite beta opens to public, early testers report download problems

Being a beta tester for an unfinished operating system is risky business. But some would-be beta testers of Apple's upcoming OS are reporting problems even getting to the beta bits after receiving their invitation from Apple.

Six clicks: Microsoft Word tricks to make you an instant expert

There's much more to Word than just pointing, clicking, typing, and spell-checking. In this gallery, I present six of my favorite hidden features to make you more productive when creating and editing Word documents.

Projecting your PC or mobile device with Miracast: How well does it work?

Miracast is a signature feature of Windows 8.1 and newer Android versions. In theory, it allows you to project a presentation or HD video wirelessly from your mobile device to a large screen. How well does it work in the real world?

Microsoft's relationship with Android just got less complicated

Today's restructuring at Microsoft included pink slips for 18,000 people and one platform. Microsoft's brief detour into its own line of Android-powered devices is over. That makes the role of Android in the new Microsoft much clear...

How to get 5 TB of OneDrive storage from your Office 365 Home subscription

Every Office 365 subscription includes 1 TB of storage in OneDrive or OneDrive for Business. With an Office 365 Home subscription, you can share your account with up to four other people, giving your household a total of up to 5 TB of cloud file storage. Here's how.

Office 365 subscribers now have access to 1 TB of OneDrive storage

Earlier this month, Office 365 business subscribers began getting access to an additional 1 TB of OneDrive for Business storage. Now, Office 365 Home and Personal accounts are getting their free terabyte in the consumer OneDrive. Here's what to look for.

Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?

The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."

Microsoft schedules Surface Pro 3 update to fix Wi-Fi issues

In the second of two July updates, due tomorrow, Microsoft says it has resolved some of the reported networking issues with its new flagship device but is still working on others. Surprisingly, this isn't uncommon for new hardware platforms. Just ask Apple.

Decoding the hidden messages in Satya Nadella's letter to Microsoft employees

Microsoft's CEO posted a public letter today, aimed only incidentally at employees. When you get past the corporate rah-rah, here are five key messages to take away.

How Microsoft's support lifecycles affect you and your business

Microsoft says it's shutting down Mainstream support for Windows 7 next January. Should you be worried?

High-end ultramobile devices carve a bigger share of the PC market as Chromebooks struggle

Shipments of traditional desktop and notebook PCs are in decline, but a new category of devices is growing fast enough to more than pick up the slack, according to newly released Gartner figures. Premium Ultramobiles, including Microsoft's Surface Pro and Apple's MacBook Air, are on track to ship more than 100 million units in the three years ending 2015.

How to check your OneDrive for Business storage space

As promised earlier this year, Microsoft has increased the amount of cloud storage available for Office 365 business subscribers, from 25 GB to a full terabyte. Here's how you can tell how much space you have available.

Microsoft's relationship with Android: 'It's complicated'

The more I watch the evolution of technology, the more similarities I see between today’s Google and the ruthless Microsoft of the early 1990s. Can old age and treachery vanquish youth and skill?

Early Surface Pro 3 users struggle with wireless networking glitches

After only one week of public sales, some early Surface Pro 3 buyers have confirmed an issue with routers using the relatively new 802.11ac standard. When will a fix be available?

What does the new Gmail API mean for Internet standards?

Google quietly released a new set of Gmail APIs today, giving developers access to some of the building blocks of its popular Gmail protocols. But the message to developers was clear: Don't even think about building your own client.

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