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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How Apple used its money and muscle to kill an iTunes competitor

How Apple used its money and muscle to kill an iTunes competitor

Remember Lala, the innovative music service that made a splash in 2009? After Apple bought the company, Lala's services vanished. Now, a candid (maybe too candid) report from an insider explains why Apple was willing to pay $160 million to make this "clear and present danger" to iTunes go away.

published January 19, 2013 by

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Cheap PCs are the present and future of Windows

Cheap PCs are the present and future of Windows

A new slice of data highlights the incredible diversity of the PC ecosystem. Thousands of unique PC models are running Windows 8 and RT. What does it mean that the top slots on the sales charts are dominated by cheap, generic Windows notebooks?

published January 17, 2013 by

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An inside look at Internet Explorer 10's mysterious Flash whitelist

An inside look at Internet Explorer 10's mysterious Flash whitelist

Update: Effective March 12, 2013, Microsoft has reversed the behavior described in this article. In Windows 8 and especially on Windows RT, your ability to run Flash programs hosted on the web depends on whether a site is included on Microsoft's Compatibility View list. This post describes the original rules, which are no longer in effect.

published January 13, 2013 by

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My 60 days with the Surface RT

My 60 days with the Surface RT

After more than two months of day-in and day-out use, the strengths and weaknesses of the Microsoft Surface and Windows RT are easier to see. Here's a long-term update.

published January 8, 2013 by

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To touch or not to touch: That is the Windows 8 question

To touch or not to touch: That is the Windows 8 question

The next time someone complains that Windows 8 touchscreens give you "gorilla arm," you have my permission to stomp on them like that ape in the old American Tourister commercials. The reality is that touchscreens work great on modern laptops, and you might even be able to retrofit touch support on your old trackpad.

published January 6, 2013 by

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What's the right response to a cloud outage?

What's the right response to a cloud outage?

Microsoft's Azure storage service in the South Central US region has been offline for more than 24 hours. The outage has brought one web-based business to a grinding halt. But if you were expecting an angry response, prepare to be surprised.

published December 29, 2012 by

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Can Best Buy's PC business survive?

Can Best Buy's PC business survive?

Reports from the field by PC shoppers say Best Buy is doing a disastrous job of showcasing Microsoft's Surface RT tablets. And this is a surprise? The company has offered a miserable retail experience for years. How much longer can they keep this up?

published December 20, 2012 by

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FTC takes aim at data brokers

FTC takes aim at data brokers

Shadowy data brokers have turned online and offline data collection into a huge unregulated business. Now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is demanding details about how these companies work.

published December 19, 2012 by

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