Welcome Mary Jo and All about Microsoft

Welcome Mary Jo and All about Microsoft

Summary: Mary Jo Foley has been a persistent thorn in Microsoft's side for more than 10 years.  She is one of the top investigative journalists covering Microsoft and knows the company inside and out.

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mjf220.jpgMary Jo Foley has been a persistent thorn in Microsoft's side for more than 10 years.  She is one of the top investigative journalists covering Microsoft and knows the company inside and out. She was even blacklisted one time by the giant of Redmond.  Mary Jo and I have worked together over the years, at PCWeek (now eWeek) and during a stint at ZDNet News. As an editor, you would like to have a newsroom full Mary Jos seeking out and interpreting the most important stories. I am happy to report that Mary Jo and I will be working together again. This week we revved up her new blog, All about Microsoft, on ZDNet as she joins our merry band of bloggers. Be sure to subscribe to her feed, and give her your feedback.

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  • Sp stop ducking and tell us

    "She was even blacklisted one time by the giant of Redmond."

    So tell us WHY she was blacklisted? (Actually she was banned from ther campus and all MS offices.) I've known a lot of reporters that took MS to task and they were never out and out banned. What did Mary Jo do?
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Why she was banned

      According to Mary Jo, she was "blacklisted by Microsoft for writing a story based on an internal memo penned by Mark Lucovsky (now with Google, ironically) that acknowledged 63,000 bugs were still left in Windows 2000 when the product shipped. I was barred from executive interviews at the Windows 2000 launch as a result of my story. My ?punishment? lasted for a few years. Certain Windows execs refused to speak to me or meet with me for ages because of that story. I believed, and still believe, that I was just doing my job as a reporter."
      JFPSF
      • And how did she

        come bye this illegally abtained memo?
        No_Ax_to_Grind
        • "and how did she", huh?

          possibly the person who provided it to her thought that since she knew how to spell the odds were higher that it would be used responsibly. as opposed to giving it to someone who doesn't know how to spell and who might wasste other people's time with pointless whining and curt, impolite accusations.
          ogfixit@...
      • Re: Why she was banned

        The explanation above certainly explains in part her bitterness for MS. You can tell from her writings and podcasts that she really, really hates MS. I?m not sure why she doesn?t find something else to do.
        P. Douglas
        • Bitterness for MS?

          P. Douglas: So you're seriously claiming that Mary Jo harbors lasting bitterness for Microsoft because she wasn't invited to the Windows 2000 rollout? I'm sure the hors-d'oeuvres were delicious, but c'mon! :-)

          m.
          Matthew Rothenberg
          • Re: Bitterness for MS?

            [i]P. Douglas: So you're seriously claiming that Mary Jo harbors lasting bitterness for Microsoft because she wasn't invited to the Windows 2000 rollout? I'm sure the hors-d'oeuvres were delicious, but c'mon![/i]

            I said you can tell from her writings and podcasts that she really hates MS. Most of the time she tries to cover it up. But you can see it seeping through in her work, and sometimes it overtly spills over. I'm not saying that she has something against MS, I'm saying that she really, really hates the company.
            P. Douglas
          • RE: Bitterness for MS?

            No, you said, "The explanation above certainly explains in part her bitterness for MS."

            And I'm saying that while you're free to divine an anti-Microsoft bias in her writing (even as others castigate her as a Microsoft apologist), claiming that Mary Jo is still seeking revenge for an ancient PR snub strikes me as a wee bit far-fetched.

            m.
            Matthew Rothenberg
          • welcome mary jo!

            apparently not for this crew. jeez, why don't you guys get a life!


            welcome mary jo!
            ogfixit@...
          • RE: Bitterness for MS?

            [i]No, you said, "The explanation above certainly explains in part her bitterness for MS."

            And I'm saying that while you're free to divine an anti-Microsoft bias in her writing (even as others castigate her as a Microsoft apologist), claiming that Mary Jo is still seeking revenge for an ancient PR snub strikes me as a wee bit far-fetched.[/i]

            Where did I claim that "Mary Jo is still seeking revenge for an ancient PR snub"? For one reason or another Mary Jo has it in for MS. I personally don?t believe the above explained incident precipitated her dislike for the company ? I believe it just exacerbated it. There are a lot of ABMers on ZDnet and other web sites, and I generally don?t mind them. At least they are plain about their dislike for MS. This woman however rubs me raw in her pretense to be fair. That is all I have to say about the matter.
            P. Douglas
          • Re: Bitterness for MS?

            She investigates MS as it should be done. You are another one of these "single computer company" communists, take off your rose-coloured glasses where MS is concerned.
            Its about time ZDNET had a real journalist that does real investigation and isn't scared of telling the truth. Welcome MJ
            barsteward
    • no trivia too small

      it seems there is no trivia too small that it cannot fill the brain of a true believer.........and saddam had wmd's , too!
      ogfixit@...
  • Welcome, Mary Jo

    Great to have you on the line-up. Nice-going, Dan.
    Dana Gardner
  • axe to grind

    Well axey, it appears you do have an axe to grind.
    Every welcoming blog givrn today to Mary Jo, you have came in and accused her of something.

    Seems you might be a little paranoid that she will let us in on a little more dirt on the MS machine.
    Why all the accusations? Since you seem to think you know all about her why dont you just spill it. Otherwise why dont you just post about her blogs and the information they pertain to.
    samcurry
    • re axe to grind

      He has a problem with any criticism of Microsoft, so much that you must think that they slip him some cash to infect these forums. He thinks that they can do no wrong.
      barsteward
      • re axe to grind

        In another post Jeremy Allison of samba fame claimed that no-axe was being paid by MS to post here.
        gtdavies33@...
    • actually

      It is my humble opinion that no-axe and whoda aka Mini Microsoft are the same person under employ as a low level partner at Microsoft. I came to that conclusion after analyzing posts by both and noting a lot of similarities in mannerisms etc. But that is just my humble opinion as it were. Pffft.

      But one has to consider with 900 partners (generally above level 61) all with $1,000,000 bonuses or higher, Microsoft wouldn't have to pay anyone to blog the cause. Dang, for a $mil$ a year, I would blog for Microsoft, in a pretextual sort of way.

      Regardless, welcome Mary Jo.

      And, btw, my next player will be a Sandisk.
      WinnebagoBoy
  • Well if Mary Jo has been investigating MICROSUCKS for all these years...

    ...she certainly should have more than enough evidence to get the FTC and DOJ to prosecute MICROSUCKS for consumer fraud. Their Windoze O/S's have more known, but undisclosed defects than you can list in a million words or less.

    This would be a very good time to finally hold Bill Gates and MICROSUCKS accountable for their massive world wide consumer fraud that has netted them hundreds of billions in illegal profits.
    BeGoneFool
  • Welcome

    Aside from her collosal misreporting about "The secret is out: Vista is not written in .Net", I think she's done a very good job of keeping us all informed of what's really going on inside the company. I mean this in all sincerity. No sarcasm. Everyone makes mistakes, and it's been rare if I've seen her make one.
    Mark Miller