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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Want the most reliable Windows PC? Buy a Mac (or maybe a Dell)

Want the most reliable Windows PC? Buy a Mac (or maybe a Dell)

A new report from Soluto uses data from its massive online database of PC crashes, hangs, and performance metrics to identify the 10 most reliable Windows PCs you can buy today. Surprisingly, a MacBook Pro is at the top of the list. Even more surprising is who's not included.

April 24, 2013 by in PCs

As the PC market turns, touchscreens start to take over

As the PC market turns, touchscreens start to take over

Samsung's Chromebook has been at the top of Amazon's list of bestselling notebooks for several months. But a closer look at the rest of that list reveals some interesting facts about an industry in transition. Most notably, touchscreens are finally starting to take off.

April 18, 2013 by in PCs

First real-world usage figures suggest Chromebooks are struggling

First real-world usage figures suggest Chromebooks are struggling

When the initial batch of Chromebooks hit the market nearly two years ago, some thought these low-cost devices running Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS could be a Windows killer. NetMarketShare just started measuring Chromebook usage this month, and the first reported numbers are startlingly low.

April 16, 2013 by in PCs

Microsoft's Windows 8 approach: Bold, arrogant, or both?

Microsoft's Windows 8 approach: Bold, arrogant, or both?

Microsoft has done many bold things in Windows 8. No one in their right mind would accuse this release of being timid or overly cautious. But plenty of perfectly sane critics have attacked Microsoft for being arrogant, stubborn, and dismissive of legitimate complaints. They might be right.

April 12, 2013 by in Windows

Microsoft delivers updated SkyDrive app for iOS

Microsoft delivers updated SkyDrive app for iOS

Microsoft's SkyDrive online file storage service is a core piece of its transition to a "devices and services" company, Today's update to its iOS app addresses some nagging criticisms. Will it set the stage for the long-awaited Office for iOS?

April 3, 2013 by in Cloud

Where can you find a PC running Windows 7?

Where can you find a PC running Windows 7?

Some of my readers are complaining that they want to avoid Windows 8, but they can't find Windows 7 PCs. Really? I just surveyed the market and found plenty of Windows 7 choices. The secret is knowing where to look.

April 2, 2013 by in PCs

Latest OS share data shows Windows still dominating in PCs

Latest OS share data shows Windows still dominating in PCs

The latest monthly OS share numbers from NetMarketShare show few surprises. XP continues to slide, Windows 8 is very slowly gaining traction, and Microsoft still dominates usage in the declining market for traditional PCs. But the numbers show a few unexpected trends.

April 1, 2013 by in PCs

Just how much do people hate Windows 8?

Just how much do people hate Windows 8?

Some of you don’t like Windows 8. And thanks to Internet comments and social media, you have lots of ways to express your loathing. But a closer look at one well-known real-world rating says Windows 8 might be more popular than you think.

March 31, 2013 by in Windows

Dell's directors forecast a grim future for the PC industry

Dell's directors forecast a grim future for the PC industry

A lengthy proxy statement submitted to the SEC by Dell's board of directors makes a forceful case for taking the company private. A Special Committee sees a gloomy future for the PC industry and even worse prospects if Dell tries to compete with more agile rivals.

March 29, 2013 by in Dell

Five reasons why the Windows desktop isn't going away

Five reasons why the Windows desktop isn't going away

The speculation on the next version of Windows (code-named Blue) is getting out of hand. Based on a few screenshots and one offhand remark from a prominent Windows blogger, one of my colleagues is convinced that the Windows desktop is an endangered species. Nope. Not gonna happen.

March 27, 2013 by in Windows

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