Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Send her an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles. Confidentiality guaranteed.

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Bing and Ping (but not on Windows Live)

Bing and Ping (but not on Windows Live)

Microsoft's Bing team is working on a new sharing feature, known as Bing & Ping, that will allow Bing searchers to share their findings with a few clicks. But at least so far, the feature is only designed to allow sharing with Facebook, Twitter and e-mail users -- not those using Mirosoft's own Windows Live properties.

published September 3, 2009 by

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System builders still waiting for Windows 7 tools

System builders still waiting for Windows 7 tools

In early August, some PC makers were complaining they still didn't have access to tools they needed to get Windows 7 preloaded on new systems. A month later, system builders -- smaller, custom PC makers -- still don't have access to tools like the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK).

published September 3, 2009 by

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More Microsoft PDC 2009 sessions revealed

More Microsoft PDC 2009 sessions revealed

On September 1, Microsoft published 31 more Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2009 session descriptions. Not too surprisingly, given that Microsoft plans to remove the "beta" designation from its Azure hosting platform around the time of the show, there are lots more Azure developer sessions now on the PDC docket

published September 2, 2009 by

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Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming October 6

Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming October 6

Microsoft officials had been saying for the past couple of months that the first Windows Mobile 6.5phones would be available in October 2009. Today, they got more specific and said October 6 will bethe general availability date.

published August 31, 2009 by

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Report: Netbooks now one-fifth of portable PC shipments

Report: Netbooks now one-fifth of portable PC shipments

DisplaySearch, a unit of the NPD Group, found that netbooks represented 22.2 of portable computers shipped worldwide in the second calendar quarter of 2009. That's up from 5.6 percent a year ago, and 17.8 percent in the first quarter of this year. The total notebook PC market exceeded 38 million, according to DisplaySearch's research.

published August 31, 2009 by

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Bing: Decision engine = shopping engine

Bing: Decision engine = shopping engine

Now I understand better why Microsoft characterized Bing as a decision engine, rather than a search engine: Microsoft consciously tweaked Bing to be a great shopping engine. "Decision engine" was a euphemism for shopping engine.

published August 30, 2009 by

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No Microsoft Office Web Apps test build in August, after all

No Microsoft Office Web Apps test build in August, after all

Microsoft isn't going to make its August deadline for delivery of a wide-scale test build of its Office Web Apps technology. But officials told me they're close to delivering the promised Technical Preview test build of the four Webified Office apps that the company first demonstrated publicly last fall.

published August 27, 2009 by

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