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 on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).

Ed Bott is a freelance technical 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 have been distributed under several imprints: Que Publishing (a division of Pearson Education); Microsoft Press (with production and distribution by O'Reilly), and Fair Trade Digital Exchange, where he was briefly a partner. On occasion, Ed accepts consulting assignments. In recent years, he has worked as an expert witness in cases where his experience and knowledge of Microsoft and Microsoft Windows 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 other financial interest in Microsoft or any other software company. He owns 500 shares of stock in EMC Corporation, which was purchased before the company's acquisition of VMware. In addition, he owns 350 shares of stock in Intel Corporation, purchased more than seven years ago. All stocks are held in retirement accounts for long-term growth. 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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Apple TV, yes. CableCARD? No way.

Apple TV, yes. CableCARD? No way.

A former Apple executive, now a Silicon Valley VC, is the latest to argue that an Apple-branded TV is inevitable. But his argument assumes that an Apple TV would deliver cable subscriptions to your living room using the finicky CableCARD technology. That won't happen. Here's why.

September 4, 2011 by in Telcos

Developer bypasses carriers, delivers Windows Phone update

Developer bypasses carriers, delivers Windows Phone update

If you're an early adopter with a Windows Phone 7 device, you're probably still waiting for the March update ("NoDo") which adds bug fixes, performance improvements, and copy-and-paste support. Want to cut to the front of the line? I look at an unofficial, unsupported, do-this-at-your-own-peril standalone updater.

April 3, 2011 by in Telcos

Microsoft is in the driver's seat for Windows Phone updates

Microsoft is in the driver's seat for Windows Phone updates

One of the biggest criticisms of Windows Mobile and Android devices is that device manufacturers get control over who gets OS updates. I've never had an official, on the record, response, so I asked again, and this time I got a definitive response. "We're in charge," says Microsoft.

November 9, 2010 by in Telcos

Where's the roadmap for Windows Phone 7?

Where's the roadmap for Windows Phone 7?

The first wave of hands-on previews of Windows Phone 7 are out. If Microsoft is smart, they're going through those first looks with a fine-tooth comb and planning a series of updates. But can they deliver those improvements fast enough?

July 19, 2010 by in Telcos

Media Center gives digital cable tuners a new lease on life

Media Center gives digital cable tuners a new lease on life

Last week, I was prepared to write off digital cable support in Windows Media Center. The technology appeared to be on life support on the way to being declared dead. And then, last night at CEDIA, Microsoft made a trio of announcements that revived the technology. Here's why Media Center fans finally have reason to be enthusiastic about cable support.

September 9, 2009 by in Telcos