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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A decade's worth of Windows mistakes that changed Microsoft (for better and worse)

A decade's worth of Windows mistakes that changed Microsoft (for better and worse)

As a longtime Microsoft-watcher, I’m as fascinated by the company’s missteps as I am by its successes. Anyone who worked at Microsoft in the first decade of the 21st Century knows the company made many missteps and wrong turns. How the company responded to those mistakes had an indelible impact on products that are on the market today and those that are planned for the future.They say every mistake is a teachable moment. So what has Microsoft learned from its miscues over the past decade?

October 26, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

10 top tweaks for Windows Vista, part 2

10 top tweaks for Windows Vista, part 2

Ed Bott lists his favorite performance-enhancing, time-saving tweaks for Windows Vista. In this, the second installment in a two-part series, Ed shows how to improve Windows Search, how to get System Restore and shadow copies working at peak efficiency, and how to add shortcuts to favorite network locations, websites, and FTP servers.

June 16, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Office Web Apps Technical Preview

Office Web Apps Technical Preview

In September 2009, Microsoft made a partial technical preview of its new Office Web Apps suite available for a select group of testers and partners. What can you do with these "streamlined" Office programs, and which features are missing? I take a closer look.

September 20, 2009 by in Enterprise Software