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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Poll: Which office software suite have you chosen?

Poll: Which office software suite have you chosen?

Microsoft plans to release Office 2010 to manufacturing next month, with availability to business customers in May and in retail channels in June. I've put together a poll to help me determine how I cover the product, and specifically which alternative products I use for comparison purposes. Please take a minute and cast your vote.

March 10, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Liveblogging MIX11 Day 2: what's next for Windows Phone?

Liveblogging MIX11 Day 2: what's next for Windows Phone?

I'm here in Las Vegas at Microsoft's MIX11 conference, where once again I'll be joining an all-star group of bloggers to cover today's keynote. Today’s keynote is by Joe Belfiore, who runs the Windows Phone team. For this audience of developers, I expect we'll hear lots of talk about how to build apps. Will we also get a peek at the big Windows Phone update due this fall? Tune in.

April 13, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Mozilla tries social media to get its Firefox mojo back

Mozilla tries social media to get its Firefox mojo back

Mozilla used to have a scrappy underdog personality and a passionate community that evangelized for Firefox enthusiastically. Lately, though, most of what I've seen about Firefox is negative. Mozilla is responding with an increased presence in social media sites. Can a Twitter/Facebook army really undo negative perceptions?

March 25, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

IE9: Microsoft's new browser gets no respect at all

IE9: Microsoft's new browser gets no respect at all

Yesterday, influential web designer Jeffrey Zeldman wrote "there is no such thing as a calm discussion of improvements to a Microsoft browser," and then proceeded to accidentally prove his own case. Zeldman aimed a withering broadside at Microsoft and its "enforced bragging" about Internet Explorer 9. Unfortunately, Zeldman's entire argument was based on a four-month-old speech and refuted by everything Microsoft announced yesterday. Oops!

March 17, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Yes, IE8 users, you need that new security update

Yes, IE8 users, you need that new security update

Microsoft issued a security update for Internet Explorer today ahead of the normally scheduled release on Patch Tuesday, April 13. Out-of-band updates are relatively rare, and reserved for vulnerabilities that are are being actively exploited. If you have Internet Explorer, here's why you need it.

March 30, 2010 by in Enterprise Software