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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Hands-on with the Zune Pass subscription music service

Hands-on with the Zune Pass subscription music service

This week, Microsoft announced a major change to its all-you-can-eat music download service. The new Zune Pass costs $14.95 a month and gives subscribers the right to download anything in the Zune marketplace. In addition, the monthly fee includes 10 song credits, which can be used for DRM-free MP3. Here's how it works.

November 23, 2008 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

The Ultimate Surface Pro 3 Reviews Roundup

The Ultimate Surface Pro 3 Reviews Roundup

In the month since its launch, these 12 reviewers from top tech sites reviewed the Surface Pro 3. One called it "the best everything device ever made." Another called it "the greatest laptop-tablet hybrid you don't need." Here's your executive summary of an amazingly wide range of opinions.

June 19, 2014 by in Mobility

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

For the first time in 20 years, I don't own a conventional clamshell laptop PC. The Surface Pro 3 has taken over all the functions that I used to need a laptop for, and it makes an excellent tablet, too. Here's how I use this device in PC and tablet modes.

October 28, 2014 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

Apple's sneaky iTunes 8 install

Apple's sneaky iTunes 8 install

When you update to iTunes 8 on Windows, you may get more than you bargained for, including a Blue Screen of Death. Why? Because it's actually installing five separate programs, plus three system services and a new device driver. All without disclosure or consent. One of those files, it turns out, is a device driver that has been known to cause system crashes.

September 10, 2008 by in Mobility