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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Making sense of Microsoft's Surface lineup

Making sense of Microsoft's Surface lineup

With its new Surface Laptop and a major internal makeover for the Surface Pro, Microsoft's line of PCs now includes four models. Here's a closer look at where each one fits in the competitive landscape.

May 26, 2017 by in PCs

Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs

Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs

Oops, they did it again. Early this morning, McAfee released an update to its antivirus definitions for corporate customers that mistakenly deleted a crucial Windows XP file, sending systems into a reboot loop and requiring tedious manual repairs. It's not the first strike for the company, either. I've got details.

April 21, 2010 by in PCs

Can Windows 8.1 devices close the door on Chromebooks?

Can Windows 8.1 devices close the door on Chromebooks?

A new generation of Windows PCs, with price points hovering around $300, is hitting the market with a vengeance this fall. Consumers stayed away from the last generation of high-priced touch notebooks. Will these new, cheaper devices turn the tide and reclaim the low-end market from Google's Chromebooks?

November 27, 2013 by in PCs

Latest IDC figures show Chromebooks continue to struggle

Latest IDC figures show Chromebooks continue to struggle

After more than two years on the market, Chromebooks appear to be suffering from the same malaise as netbooks. The latest figures from IDC show that only Samsung has been able to ship more than "tiny volumes" of Chromebooks, and most sales have been in the K-12 education market, not to consumers.

November 9, 2013 by in PCs

Can a new wave of two-in-one devices save the PC industry?

Can a new wave of two-in-one devices save the PC industry?

At the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Microsoft's hardware partners are showing off the next generation of Windows-powered hardware, a category Intel calls "two-in-ones." By year's end, the market should be flooded with devices that can shift from PC to tablet on the fly. But who's buying?

September 6, 2013 by in PCs