Ed Bott

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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 receive 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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Best website builder in 2021: Your step by step guide

Best website builder in 2021: Your step by step guide

A DIY website created with one of these point-and-click tools can look every bit as slick as one built and maintained by a web professional, at a fraction of the cost. Learn how to ask the right questions so you can choose a site-building service that's most appropriate for your needs.

March 1, 2021 by in SMBs

Windows 10 tip: Shut down OneDrive completely

Windows 10 tip: Shut down OneDrive completely

In Windows 10, OneDrive is built in. The connections are so tight, in fact, that OneDrive has its own node in File Explorer, with no obvious way to remove it. But the options to disconnect OneDrive are there if you know where to look. Here are the full instructions.

August 24, 2016 by in SMBs

Windows 10 tip: Turn off Cortana completely

Windows 10 tip: Turn off Cortana completely

Five years after debuting in Windows 10, Cortana has changed dramatically and is no longer a fit for most Windows users. Use this tweak to remove Cortana from the taskbar and prevent the app from running automatically.

August 17, 2016 by in SMBs

Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key

Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key

If you've purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, chances are it has a product key embedded in its BIOS. With a little PowerShell wizardry, you can find that well-hidden key and learn more about your current licensing status.

August 10, 2016 by in SMBs