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Blog Profile / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report


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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

Blog Post Archive

You’ve got Surface Pro 3 questions, I’ve got answers

Microsoft's latest entry in the Surface family is part tablet, part laptop, and it's significantly different from its predecessors. Here are some more details in response to reader questions.

Surface Pro 3: thinner, lighter, more flexible

Microsoft's latest entry in the Surface Pro line is billed as a tablet that can replace your desktop. On paper, it's a better deal than Apple's MacBook Air. WIll you buy it?

For Microsoft Surface, will third time be a charm?

In New York City this week, Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella will host a press event for the company's Surface line. There's plenty of speculation about products, but the real challenge lies on the business side. Can new management turn Surface into a smooth-running machine?

Six clicks: Microsoft OneDrive tricks that make it easy

Microsoft's free cloud storage isn't just for Office files. You can use its rich set of features to share files, photos, and documents. Here are six tricks to help you get more out of OneDrive.

Apple and the cloud: A magnificent missed opportunity

More than three years ago, in his last year as Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs laid out a vision for Apple to move aggressively into cloud services. What went wrong?

Patent wars end with a whimper as Apple-Samsung fizzles

Apple's latest courtroom drama fizzled, with the company winning a verdict against Samsung that didn't even come close to paying its legal bills. Is it time for Apple to end its proxy war against Google's Android?

As Asia-Pacific markets take over, the tech landscape is about to shift

If you think you understand how technology markets work, prepare to adjust your thinking. Western markets, which have dominated for the past decade, are slowing. The biggest growth is in the East, where the rules are completely different.

As iPad sales slow, hybrid PCs begin to find a foothold

The line between tablet and PC used to be well defined. Increasingly, though, that distinction is being blurred as tablets become capable of more powerful business tasks and as PCs become more mobile. And then there's the fastest-growing category of all.

Eight business-class alternatives to Dropbox

Dropbox has become one of the world's most popular cloud storage services by focusing on consumers. But businesses have different needs, and a recent controversial move by the company offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at alternative services that might be more suitable for your business.

Microsoft ends support for custom domains in free email service

For years, one of the best bargains in tech was Microsoft's free Custom Domains service, which allowed anyone to assign a custom domain to free Hotmail and Outlook.com accounts. Effective today, Microsoft has begun "winding down" the service.

How we got from Windows XP to Windows 8.1

This week Windows XP ended an amazing run of more than 12 years, but its influence lives on. Here's a brief of history of Windows in the 21st Century.

Microsoft courts developers and enterprises with Internet Explorer 11

New updates for Internet Explorer 11 are included with the Windows 8.1 Update and will be pushed out to Windows 7 users next week as well. A key change is Enterprise Mode IE, which is designed to ease compatibility hassles with old internal web apps. And a new status page allows developers to find out which HTML 5 features IE supports.

A close-up look at the Windows 8.1 Update

A major update to Windows 8.1 arrives via Windows Update on April 8. It's aimed at making the desktop experience easier for keyboard and mouse users. Here's a close-up of the changes you can expect.

What CIOs need to know about Office 365 and Office for iPad

What happens when Apple's App Store restrictions meet Microsoft's confusing Office licensing rules? Chaos, confusion, and potential compliance headaches for businesses, that's what. Here's how CIOs can avoid potentially costly licensing hassles with Office 365 subscriptions.

Microsoft tightens email privacy policy after taking fire over Hotmail incident

After revelations that it had inspected a Hotmail customer's email as part of an internal investigation, Microsoft announced new rules last week. This week, following "uncomfortable" criticism of that policy, the company announced new rules: no inspections without a warrant.

Six clicks: Weird tricks that will actually make you happier with Windows 8.1

Each new update chips away at the annoyances of Windows 8. Here are six power features that are new or improved with the Windows 8.1 update due in a couple of weeks.

Microsoft Office for iPad sets the gold standard for tablet productivity

It took four years, but Microsoft has finally released full-featured Office apps for the iPad. As expected, the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are free to install but require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features. Here's what you can expect.

A closer look at Microsoft Office for the iPad

After years of speculation, Microsoft has finally delivered editions of its flagship business productivity programs to the iPad platform. Here's what you'll find in the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps.

What's really behind Microsoft's investigation into software leaks?

Microsoft is under fire for allegedly violating the privacy of a "French blogger" in the investigation of a 2012 leak of some of its most valuable trade secrets. Here's the side of the story critics are missing.

How Microsoft tracked down a spy who leaked its secrets

Alex A. Kibkalo, the former Microsoft employee charged this week with leaking the company's trade secrets, was a little too loyal to Microsoft services. That turned out to be his undoing.

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