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Blog Profile / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report


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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

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A close-up look at Windows 8.1 Update 1

A major update to Windows 8.1 is scheduled to arrive next month. 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.

A new Windows 8.1 update tries to win back desktop diehards

With its second major update to Windows 8 in less than 18 months, Microsoft is trying to ease the pain for Windows users who are befuddled by the Windows 8 interface on conventional PCs. Here's what you can expect. Will it be enough to calm the troubled waters?

Windows 8.1 update leaks to the web, direct from Redmond

The much-anticipated Windows 8.1 spring update, released to manufacturing days ago and due for public distribution in early April, leaked to the web early. The source isn't a shady Eastern European download site but Microsoft's own Windows Update servers.

10 amazingly stupid things the 'experts' will try to tell you about Microsoft

In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or predictions of what's coming next from Redmond.

Why Microsoft should welcome Nokia's new Android phones

If you think Nokia's decision to introduce a line of Android-powered phones is a threat to Microsoft, think again. With Microsoft's new "devices and services" emphasis, these phones are a logical fit, even after the acquisition clos...

Office 365: After one year, how's Microsoft doing?

Microsoft is betting big on cloud computing, and its biggest stack of chips is on Office 365. One year after the biggest launch in its history, how's that gamble working out?

What the Windows 7 Pro sales lifecycle changes mean to consumers and business buyers

Under Microsoft's traditional sales lifecycle, Windows 7 PCs would have disappeared from the marketplace later this year. But Windows 7 Pro has been granted an extension. What does that mean if you're in the market for a Windows 7 P...

Microsoft expands multi-factor authentication for Office 365

Microsoft has had multi-factor authentication support for Office 365 administrative accounts since last year. Now that important security feature is available for ordinary user accounts in Midsize Business and Enterprise plans.

What Satya Nadella must do right away as Microsoft's new CEO

Microsoft's new CEO faces some big challenges. Thank goodness an army of tech pundits are there to tell him exactly what he needs to. Here's a roundup of advice for Nadella, from a worldwide collection of voices.

HP to begin charging for firmware updates and service packs for servers

HP server customers are about to get an unwelcome surprise when they need to update firmware or apply a service pack. Effective later this month, those downloads, which often fix critical bugs, will require either a current warranty or an extended support agreement.

New U.S. sales figures show the changing face of PC and tablet markets in 2013

A snapshot of the U.S. commercial sales channel for the first 11 months of 2013 shows a big shift in the marketplace for computing devices. Windows PCs are flat, Apple PCs are down, and tablets of all kinds (including Android and Windows devices) are way up. But the big winner is the Chromebook.

Google announces ban on 'multi-purpose' Chrome extensions

Developers who write extensions for Chrome are on notice. Keep it simple, or risk getting kicked out of the Chrome Web Store. But what's the real reason for the sudden crackdown? Evidence suggests shady ad networks are Google's real target.

Dell 8-inch tablets face off in Android-versus-Windows cage match

It’s not often that a manufacturer introduces two devices with so much in common, on different platforms. Here's how the two devices stack up, side by side.

Apple, Google, Microsoft: Where does the money come from?

If you want to know why big tech companies act the way they do, follow the money. Based on the latest SEC filings, Apple's still a successful hardware company, and Google's still in the advertising business. Meanwhile, how's that "devices and services" shift working for Microsoft?

Six challenges for Microsoft as the Satya Nadella era begins

Congratulations, Satya Nadella. You're the new CEO of Microsoft! What are you going to do next? I don't have any advice, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what's on the new boss's to-do list.

After 30 years, why did the Mac never break into big business?

Apple's solidly built PCs have developed a cult following over the years, but they never made a dent in the enterprise. Why did the Mac fail to crack the enterprise code? I've found six reasons.

In 2014, the debate over online privacy is more muddled than ever

Tomorrow is Data Privacy Day, an occasion that should have us all talking about the problems of indiscriminate data collection and sharing. But in the post-Snowden era, that debate has been so muddled by NSA paranoia that it's unlikely to result in any substantive changes.

Where can you still find a PC running Windows 7?

If you want a PC running Windows 7, where do you look? Skip your local office superstore or big-box retailer and go where the business buyers go. In those channels, you'll find that Windows 7 never went away. In fact, it's not just alive, it's thriving.

HP bringing back Windows 7 PCs? Not so fast...

This morning's tech news headlines are breathlessly reporting that HP is bringing back Windows 7 "by popular demand." The facts say otherwise: HP never stopped selling Windows 7 PCs, and it's actually selling fewer Windows 7 models today than it did last summer.

Six clicks: Can your browser do these tricks?

All web browsers are not created equal. Each of the top six browsers has a unique killer feature.

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