Blog Profile / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report


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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Hands-on with Windows 10 Preview build 9879

The latest Windows 10 Preview to be delivered is build 9879. Besides bug fixes, it includes some changes by popular demand, a few controversial design decisions, and one space-saving surprise.

Surface Pro 3: Why my clamshell laptop is history

Can the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? In my case, the answer is yes. For the first time in 20 years, I no longer own a conventional clamshell laptop. Here's my long-term review, based on more than four months of daily us...

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Why is it called Windows 10? Does it really contain a keylogger? What happened to Internet Explorer and OneDrive? And where are the updates?

Six clicks: My favorite Windows desktop utilities

Who says the Windows desktop is dead? These are the six essential utilities I install on every new Windows PC, and they work with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or even the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

As part of Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mission, it has built up a large portfolio of consumer and business apps on every platform. In this roundup, I look at a dozen iOS apps that help IT pros and power users stay productive with an iPhone and Microsoft services.

Mozilla’s balance sheet shows uncertainties ahead as lucrative Google deal ends

Mozilla's financial report for 2013 shows a company that was able to grow quickly thanks to a three-year royalty deal with Google. But as that deal ends and Yahoo moves in as the new partner, can Mozilla find a way to grow?

How to use an authenticator app to improve your online security

Want to avoid having your online accounts hacked? Enable two-factor authentication (2FA), a crucial security measure that requires an extra code when signing in from an unfamiliar device. In this post, I explain how to use a mobile app to make your accounts safer.

Mozilla strikes Firefox search deal with Yahoo, ending long partnership with Google

A long-standing partnership between Google and Mozilla Corporation, makers of the Firefox browser, ends this month. Today, Mozilla announced it has signed a new five-year deal with Yahoo.

What do you get from a $199 PC? More than you might expect

HP's new dirt-cheap Windows laptop looks like a Chromebook and is practically the same dimensions as a MacBook Air. Just don't call it a netbook.

Testers protest abrupt changes in Windows 10's OneDrive sync

The latest preview release for Windows 10 is getting a thumbs-down from one group of testers angry that Microsoft changed a fundamental feature of the OneDrive sync client. Here's what they're unhappy about and how Microsoft has responded so far.

Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)

Windows 7 is more than five years old. Most of the cheap upgrade offers that were available when it was fresh and new are long gone. But if you prefer the familiar Windows 7 interface (or need it for testing and evaluation) you can still find great deals. Here are all the details you need.

Hands-on with Windows 10 Preview build 9879

In the not-so-distant past, Windows development was a series of three-month milestones. That schedule has been thrown out with Windows 10, which has so far delivered new builds every three weeks. The latest Windows 10 Preview to be delivered is build 9879. Show More Summary

It really is a new Microsoft

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, faced plenty of skepticism when he took the job earlier this year. But even skeptics have to admit that things have changed in Redmond. Here are four things the old Microsoft would never have done...

Weird science: How shaky web usage reports distort our view of tech markets

Monthly reports from two big analytics firms have become a staple of tech journalism recently. Two anomalies in this month's reports make the case for data skeptics. Did XP usage suddenly plunge last month? And is a Chinese web browser really taking off in the U.S.?

Microsoft releases surprise Outlook for Mac update, new Office due in 2015

Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for the Mac today, aimed exclusively at Office 365 subscribers. The company also detailed ambitious plans for Office for the Mac upgrades next year.

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

For the first time in 20 years, I don't own a conventional clamshell laptop PC. The Surface Pro 3 has taken over all the functions that I used to need a laptop for, and it makes an excellent tablet, too. Here's how I use this device in PC and tablet modes.

Surface Pro 3: A long-term review

Can the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? In my case, the answer is yes. For the first time in 20 years, I no longer own a conventional clamshell laptop. Here's my long-term review, based on more than four months of daily us...

Microsoft offers unlimited OneDrive storage with Office 365 subscriptions

In the latest salvo in the cloud storage price wars, Microsoft has uncapped OneDrive storage space for Office 365 subscribers. The unlimited storage option tosses the ball back into Google's court and puts even more pressure on independent cloud storage services like Dropbox and Box.

How big does a tech product have to be before we take it seriously?

Analysts and reporters have been spoiled in recent years by companies and categories that produce staggering sales figures. When some products can sell hundreds of millions of units a year, it's easy to dismiss small but influential players that sell mere millions.

Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10

Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks.

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