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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Small businesses, beware the Office 365 fine print

Small businesses, beware the Office 365 fine print

If you sign your small business up with Office 365, make sure you read the fine print carefully. An obscure clause in the terms of service limits the number of recipients you're allowed to contact in a day. As one reader discovered, the effect can be very bad for business.

October 20, 2011 by in Collaboration

Why the Office 365 beta is worth testing

Why the Office 365 beta is worth testing

I'm not reviewing the Office 365 beta this week. I haven’t banged on it enough to form a complete opinion yet. But Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released cloud services are incredibly promising. If your business runs on Microsoft Office, you owe it to yourself to do some serious testing.

April 19, 2011 by in Collaboration

Office 2010 makes a splashy (but incomplete) public debut

Office 2010 makes a splashy (but incomplete) public debut

Can Microsoft hit back-to-back home runs? The Office team has to be feeling some heat as they hang around the on-deck circle waiting for Windows 7 to release to manufacturing later this month. With today's announcement of a Technical Preview release of Office 2010 at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, it's pretty clear that Microsoft is taking a mighty cut. But only time will tell whether they've crushed it.

July 12, 2009 by in Collaboration

A closer look at Office Starter 2010

A closer look at Office Starter 2010

Office 2010 Starter is a new option that replaces the old, time-bombed trial versions from earlier Office versions. This no-nonsense splash screen explains what’s available in the “reduced functionality” version and includes one of many Purchase buttons available throughout the program.

June 14, 2010 by in Collaboration

Can you spot a Facebook phishing attempt?

Can you spot a Facebook phishing attempt?

E-mail notifications are an important part of social networking services like Facebook. If you have to continually visit a web site to see what's new, you lose much of the excitement that comes with comments on your photos or other shared items. You might miss invitations to events or opportunities to connect with a long-lost friend who's in town for a day or two.But e-mail notifications are also a potential security risk. If a potential attacker can create a realistic-looking imitation of a Facebook notification, you might find yourself clicking on a link that can lead to malware or attempt to steal your login credentials.Spotting a fake isn't as easy as it seems. I've assembled four Facebook notifications that arrived in my e-mail inbox recently. Which are real, and which are fake? Answers are in the caption beneath each screen shot.

August 28, 2011 by in Collaboration

Office 2010: a deeper dive

Office 2010: a deeper dive

I've spent the last six months immersed in Office 2010, using all the core programs day in and day out, digging in to see what's new, what works, and what's still annoying after all these years. In this post, I'll give you a wide-ranging overview of what's in Office 2010, so you can decide whether it matters to you.

April 28, 2010 by in Collaboration