In a column titled "Shame on Microsoft for leaving Surface Pro customers in the dark", Bott wrote that Microsoft had not shown any appreciation of the users who had helped put its Surface business on a solid footing.
He wrote that after the Surface Pro 3 had been in the market for more than a year, users began noticing a steady drop in battery capacity.
In March 2016, the company's support lines began fielding calls about the issue, with complaints that batteries that should have held a charge for five or more hours were going dead in 20 or 30 minutes and refusing to charge fully.
He said that Microsoft remained silent for months, offering only a standard response from a PR spokesman, followed by a "We're looking into it" response from a support engineer until the end of July.
"But the Microsoft executive in charge of the Surface division, Panos Panay, didn't say a word until the middle of August, when he confirmed via Twitter that a software patch would be arriving days later," Bott wrote.
This episode was a replay of an earlier issue with the Surface team when those who purchased the Surface Pro 4 in late 2015 experienced performance and reliability problems, but only got vague acknowledgements of the issues from Microsoft.
Bott, who has plenty of contacts inside the company, wrote: "The only people in Redmond I spoke to about the issues insisted that our conversations be off the record. Perhaps they were worried any criticism would reflect badly on Intel, whose Skylake processors were also blamed for problems with PCs from other vendors. But customers heard next to nothing."
He said added to this, there was a lot of poor communication over the issues around Windows 10 upgrades.
Bott said an army of lawyers and PR executives was probably afraid to respond in any other way to such issues and ended his column with these words: "Ultimately, breaking that culture of crisis management by fear takes leadership from the top. Satya, are you listening?"