Ed Bott

Senior Contributing Editor

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, including Windows 10 Inside Out (now in its 4th edition) and Windows 11 Inside Out (scheduled for publication in 2022).

Ed Bott is a freelance technology journalist and book author. All work that Ed does is on a contractual basis. Since 1994, Ed has written more than 25 books about Microsoft Windows and Office. Along with various co-authors, Ed is completely responsible for the content of the books he writes. As a key part of his contractual relationship with publishers, he gives them permission to print and distribute the content he writes and to pay him a royalty based on the actual sales of those books. Ed's books are currently distributed by Pearson Education under the Microsoft Press imprint. On occasion, Ed accepts consulting assignments. In recent years, he has worked as an expert witness in cases where his experience and his knowledge of Microsoft technology and licensing have been useful. In each such case, his compensation is on an hourly basis, and he is hired as a witness, not an advocate. Ed sometimes receives fees and/or travel expenses for live speeches and webinars from companies and organizations. Acceptance of these fees does not constitute an endorsement of the company's products. Ed does not own stock or have any financial interest in any technology company. Ed does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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First legal shots fired at Google's VP8 codec

First legal shots fired at Google's VP8 codec

Google wants to make its VP8 video codec a patent-free standard. The competition just threw down the first big challenge to that strategy. MPEG-LA, lhe group that manages the licensing of patents for the H.264 codec, is forming a patent pool for VP8. What does this mean?

February 11, 2011 by in Legal

Good Microsoft versus Bad Microsoft on privacy

Good Microsoft versus Bad Microsoft on privacy

More than two years ago, two rival divisions within Microsoft slugged it out over an innovative feature in IE8. The IE development team, representing Good Microsoft, had written an awesome privacy protection platform. The online advertising division, representing Bad Microsoft, objected. Guess who won?

August 2, 2010 by in Legal