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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Can Windows 8.1 devices close the door on Chromebooks?

Can Windows 8.1 devices close the door on Chromebooks?

A new generation of Windows PCs, with price points hovering around $300, is hitting the market with a vengeance this fall. Consumers stayed away from the last generation of high-priced touch notebooks. Will these new, cheaper devices turn the tide and reclaim the low-end market from Google's Chromebooks?

published November 27, 2013 by

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Dell's 8-inch Windows tablet makes a big impression

Dell's 8-inch Windows tablet makes a big impression

If you were disappointed by the first generation of Windows 8 tablets, Dell's new Venue 8 Pro might be the antidote. The form factor, which competes directly with devices like the Nexus 7 and Kindle HDX, takes full advantage of Windows 8.1.

published November 20, 2013 by

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Windows laptop, MacBook, or Chromebook? Let's ask Amazon

Windows laptop, MacBook, or Chromebook? Let's ask Amazon

Are you looking for a clamshell-style laptop? The world's largest online market, Amazon.com, has a huge selection, with cheap Chromebooks at the top of the list. What does that list say about the three very different ecosystems for this familiar form factor?

published November 12, 2013 by

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Latest IDC figures show Chromebooks continue to struggle

Latest IDC figures show Chromebooks continue to struggle

After more than two years on the market, Chromebooks appear to be suffering from the same malaise as netbooks. The latest figures from IDC show that only Samsung has been able to ship more than "tiny volumes" of Chromebooks, and most sales have been in the K-12 education market, not to consumers.

published November 9, 2013 by

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Microsoft improves its free online Office

Microsoft improves its free online Office

Where's Office for the iPad? Maybe you're looking in the wrong place. Today, Microsoft released its latest batch of Office Web App updates, pushing its free offering well past the feature set offered by its rivals.

published November 6, 2013 by

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The guessing game begins over SkyDrive's new name

The guessing game begins over SkyDrive's new name

After losing a trademark lawsuit over its SkyDrive cloud storage system, Microsoft agreed to change the name. Since that announcement, the company's been mum over what the new brand will be called. I've got a suggestion, one with lots of X appeal.

published November 2, 2013 by

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Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop

Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop

The latest web usage numbers from NetMarketShare for October show that free is the key to success. Microsoft's Windows 8.1 and Apple's new OS X Mavericks, both released as free updates, found their way onto a significant number of PCs for the month.

published November 1, 2013 by

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The case against Gmail

The case against Gmail

Gmail was a breath of fresh air when it debuted. But this onetime alternative is showing signs that it's past its prime, especially if you want to use the service with a third-party client. That's the way Google wants it, which is why I've given up on Gmail after almost a decade.

published October 29, 2013 by

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Microsoft's Surface 2 gets down to business

Microsoft's Surface 2 gets down to business

Microsoft's original Surface with Windows RT earned high praise for its design, but it was a flop in the marketplace. One year later, Microsoft is back with a beefed-up Surface 2. Can this year's model earn the respect that eluded its predecessor?

published October 20, 2013 by

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Don't move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive

Don't move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive

If you're a Windows power user, you probably have a collection of favorite tweaks to make the OS run faster and work better. If one of those tips involves moving the default user profiles folder, you're setting yourself up for heartache, as several Windows 8.1 upgraders have found out the hard way.

published October 19, 2013 by

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The Metro hater's guide to Windows 8.1

The Metro hater's guide to Windows 8.1

Are you a desktop diehard? If you've got no use for the Start screen and Metro-style apps, I have some good news for you. Windows 8.1 has a handful of interface tweaks you can make that will put the Windows desktop back in charge. Here's what you need to do to make Windows 8.1 work like Windows 7 (almost). [Updated for final release]

published October 17, 2013 by

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What's new in Windows 8.1

What's new in Windows 8.1

If you're running Windows 8, you definitely want this free update. If you looked at Windows 8 and said "No, thanks," the new features and extensive refinements in this release make it worth a second look. Here's what you'll find inside.

published October 17, 2013 by

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