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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Choosing the right electric car: Why I won't buy a Tesla

Choosing the right electric car: Why I won't buy a Tesla

Traditional automakers are finally beginning to catch up to Tesla in their efforts to deliver electric vehicles. The choice between a fully battery-powered car and one with an internal combustion engine involves some tough trade-offs. Fortunately, there's a third option.

September 15, 2020 by in Mobility

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

As part of Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mission, it has built up a large portfolio of consumer and business apps on every platform. In this roundup, I look at a dozen iOS apps that help IT pros and power users stay productive with an iPhone and Microsoft services.

December 3, 2014 by in Mobility

Who owns your digital downloads? (Hint: it's not you)

Who owns your digital downloads? (Hint: it's not you)

Steve Jobs once said, "People want to own their music." Someone better tell the folks who run the iTunes Store and its competitors. When you pay for a digital music track or album from an online service, you get a limited set of rights and you most assuredly don't own those downloads. Here's why that matters.

January 3, 2011 by in Mobility

Best Microsoft business app 2021: Top 10 iOS apps

Best Microsoft business app 2021: Top 10 iOS apps

If you spend your time in the office working on apps like Word and Excel, with all your files stored in OneDrive, why should you stop being productive when you step away from your desk? These 10 Microsoft productivity apps are essential for any iOS device

June 6, 2021 by in Mobility

Inside the Windows Media Center TV Pack

Inside the Windows Media Center TV Pack

Microsoft's decision to make the latest Media Center update a limited release has angered some Media Center enthusiasts. So what's the fuss about, and why should a true TV geek care about these esoteric changes. In this gallery, I provide the details to show you what's in the TV Pack.

September 18, 2008 by in Mobility